Neutrality

The one thing Alicia couldn't let slip was her neutrality. As a professional boxing referee, there was no way she could take sides - even if her favorite fighter was walking into the ring that night. "Let's get ready to rummmmmbllllle...."

Neutrality is defined as not taking part, taking sides, or giving assistance in a dispute.

It's not an easy skill to develop and use, particularly in emotional situations, but it's an important one.

When we are neutral we stay objective, and are often better able to understand people and situations by being unbiased and impartial.

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