The mental side of reacting to situations can be more important than the physical side. After all, humans are able to stand at the top of the food chain as the ultimate apex predators despite being physically frail compared to other animals. This is the power of strategy. For example, a great boxer in bad mental condition and making bad decisions can easily lose to a good boxer.
In life, you have to know that there are consequences to actions, and if battles should be fought or not. This is why “The Art of War” by Sun Tsu is a popular read. If the other individuals you are arguing with are armed or outnumber you, it might be a bad idea to continually provoke them. In addition, you should not have false confidence if they are a bit hesitant, as additional pushing can cause them to lash out.