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Can We Learn to Argue Constructively? | The Wright Foundation

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How You Can Learn to Argue Constructively

If we want to engage productively—to argue constructively—we can think of engagement as a continuum rather than an on/off or yes/no discussion.

For better discussions and deeper engagement, we should approach interactions with understanding and a desire to learn from the other pers...

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How We Argue

Many people go in with a pre-recorded message in their heads. They know the point they want to make and assume they know the intent of the other party. They’ve already played it out in their minds.

Other people argue on the defense. There’s something about...

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The Engagement Continuum

Engagement can be thought of as a continuum:

  • Conversations in which we’re disengaged may include avoidance, stonewalling, silent treatment, or simply being zoned out. These forms of engagement are even destructive to our relationships.
  • Constructive e...

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Ways To Approach A Coversation

We go into conversations assuming there will be a disagreement, but if we shift our assumptions, we will experience a much better interaction:

  • Assume goodwill from your partner in each interaction.
  • Approach interactions with understanding and a desire to learn from the othe...

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