Hello guys, what’s up?
The topic of the day is: Politics, right?
But, the question is: How to talk about politics with a friend who has a different opinion of yours?
- Cite Facts Not Opinions
If you absolutely must talk politics at the dinner table, one way to avoid messy confrontations is to steer clear of opinions and instead cite facts.
- Disagree Respectfully
Don’t shake your head in disgust. Don’t interrupt. Don’t sigh heavily.Don’t roll your eyes. Don’t be a petulant jerk, in other words. There are at least two sides to every debate, two visions for the future, and yours isn’t necessarily the right one.
- See the Other Side
Let’s face it: If you were right all the time, you’d be president and not that other guy in the White House. There’s a chance you’re wrong about some things. It’s always good to see an argument through your sparring partner’s eyes.
- Don’t Take it Personally
This is isn’t about you. Get over your bruised ego or hurt feelings. Move on. Embrace your differences.
- Keep Quiet
If you really don’t have anything nice to say, the old maxim goes, don’t say anything at all. This is especially true when talking politics. If a civil discussion of the issues is impossible with your friends and family, it’s best to keep quiet.
Take care guys!