“Engaging the partisan brain shuts down conversation. It widens gulfs, rather than narrowing them. If solving problems is your goal, you’ll want to avoid creating more distance between you and your interlocutor”

How to have political disagreements without ruining relationships
Julian Adorney
November 7, 2022

If you’ve lost a friend or a loved one to political disagreements, you’re not alone. A 2021 study by the American Enterprise Institute showed that a full 15% of adults have ended a friendship over politics. Many more Americans have friendships or relationships with loved ones that are on the ropes due to political disagreements. But there is a way to have political disagreements that build your relationships with your loved ones rather than erode them. It’s not always easy in practice, but it is simple in concept: First, state your values, but don’t attack the other person’s values. Second, reframe the discussion as a search for ways to fix societal problems. Let’s say that you’re a conservative, and your mother-in-law is a progressive who supports the application of critical race theory in schools and educational materials. She asks you, “How can you oppose teaching anti-racism in schools? I guess you just don’t care about ending racism.” READ MORE

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