Controversial topics are difficult to discuss because there is always someone with polar opposite views about the subject than what you have. There are ways to openly discuss these things with one another without them turning ugly. An opposing viewpoint doesn’t necessarily have to be wrong. It really comes down to perspective. If you really listen and pay attention to what they’re saying instead of just waiting for your chance to reply, the discussion can go on. Really listen to people, and try to understand their view, from there, you can have a discussion about what one another truly don’t understand.
- Taking time to listen and acknowledge other people in conversation will make the communication significantly easier.
- If you truly try to understand what someone is saying, it will avoid many difficult conversations.
- Avoid putting words into other people’s mouths. Let them define their own answers.
“Listening and validating people for having spoken doesn’t mean saying we agree with them or that we’re giving in to them.”