How to Have a Constructive Argument

You have to admit, there is a lot of material out there right now for arguments.  The newspapers here in Southern Oregon, the television stations around the world, and the radio stations right here in Grants Pass are rife with one-sided pieces that might leave you feeling attacked.  Those feelings can occur with the ones we love and care about too.  Do you argue to win?  Do you allow people to spew their views and not voice your own opinion, even in a respectful way, to avoid confrontation?  There are many styles of arguing and many ways to end an argument amicably.  Here is an article that breaks down the styles of arguing, from gas-lighting to pleasing.  Arguments should end with both sides feeling understood, which doesn’t mean you have to agree, but you’re trying to make them constructive, not destructive.  If you don’t know your style, the article even has a link with a 43 question quiz by Psychology Today.  The quiz will take you approximately 20 minutes.  It might take a bit of time and reading, but if you desire to end arguments on a friendlier note and want to feel understood, check out this article:

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