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The Right Way to Talk across Divides

scientificamerican.com

Constructive engagement

Constructive engagement involves cultivating goodwill between the parties involved.

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Fishbowl discussions

This exercise involves members of one party sitting in a circle with the other group sitting around them. The outside group listens quietly while the inside group answers a set of questions.

After each side answered and listened, the moderator brings them together for conversations abo...

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We regularly find ourselves engaging with people whose core beliefs and values differ from our own. We might want to convince them to adopt our point of view, but this can lead to unproductive conflict.

However, people who disagree passionately can be easily trained to have productive i...

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It involves using language that signals real interest in the other person's views.

  • When people appear receptive, others find their argument more persuasive.
  • Receptive language is also contagious as the other person will be more responsive in turn.

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Signs of receptiveness:

  • Acknowledgment: "I understand that..." or "I believe you're saying..."
  • Hedging: It is indicating some uncertainty about the claim you want to make. "Going forward with this decision might..." is better than ...

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