Avoiding Disagreements

Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue

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Every once in a while, you might run into someone that doesn't agree with you on an issue, and though the conversation might be frustrating, you may wonder if there is a way to avoid it from escalating into a fight. So, how do you do this? How do you end the conversation on good terms instead of antagonizing the situation? Though the answers to these questions might be different for everyone, here are a few suggestions.

1. Try to find common ground.

Find something that both you and the other person agree on and change the subject to that topic. That may ease the stress in the conversation and make it easier to leave on good terms.

2. Have patience.

If the other person has to say what he or she thinks, then let him or her. Just listen. You don't have to agree with his or her stance to let him or her talk, and maybe after he or she says his or her piece, the conversation will be over.

3. Accept your differences.

Let the other person know that you accept that he or she has the right to his or her opinion even if you don't feel the same way that he or she does. People aren't always going to agree, and if the two of you can get past the subject that is ailing you, then you may be able to talk about something more peaceful.

Though having conflicting opinions with another person can be frustrating, conversations do not have to turn into arguments. So, have patience. Accept your differences and do your best to find common ground.

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