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Discussing Opposing Viewpoints - Avoiding Conflict?


Author: Stephanie Leffler

We are well on the way to the holiday season. For some this brings joy and others angst. Why? This time of year may bring positive or sad memories. According to, suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the USA with middle aged white men dying by suicide more than 3.90x more than women. Suicide can be prevented. Call 988 for the suicide and crisis line.

This article will focus on how folks can get along during the holidays when there are polarized viewpoints that can vary from family issues to politics. If this cannot be avoided, then try these tips, which I am not suggesting this will be easy. Look for common ground and get curious using the following questions.

1. What did you learn from our conversation?

2. Do you think you would have a different belief if you were born into another culture or race?

3. What words or emotions trigger you?

It is okay to set ground rules around your gathering. Some examples are:

1. It is okay to disagree. That doesn't mean you don’t respect or love one another.

2. Establish a time limit for the visit. You don’t need to justify it. Just state it.

3. Reminisce about past experience.

Before you know it, you will be enjoying yourself. Take a deep breath before speaking. This allows you to formulate a thoughtful response. Do your best to take care of yourself. Happy holidays!

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