It just happens. You don't think about it. Something your partner did or said triggered you and you fired off a nasty retort or two. He or she may have just said "hello" in a weary voice, which pushed your buttons because of something that happened in the recent past. Your other half was not even thinking about trying to upset you, and may be bewildered at your over-the-top reaction. You saw an opening and took a shot; you just had to get it out of your system. But you never considered the collateral damage.
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