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Post by eddie on Mon 16 Dec 2019 - 21:51

There are many things you should never do during an argument or confrontation with anyone, unless you’re just arguing for the fun of it or want to get into a fist fight or have someone hate you. But if you want to actually get something constructive from an argument and solve a problem then read the following and if you catch yourself doing any of them during an argument or debate, then I hope you’ll stop and reconsider what you want to accomplish.

Don’t Attack Another Person....

You’re most likely having this conversation, debate, or argument for a reason and you’re looking to solve a problem. Don’t sink to a level in the midst of a battle of attacking the other person. Their height, weight, religion, job, education, sexual preference or anything else personal are NEVER relevant.

Stay focused and on the problem. Telling someone about their weaknesses not only sidetracks the argument but it makes the argument useless to have after that point. It’s hard to continue a conversation with anyone when all they try to do is put you down instead of addressing the issue at hand.

Don’t Generalize, Exaggerate, Or Be Sarcastic....

Using any of these tactics above will immediately shift the focus of an argument. You may cause the other person to defend themselves, make excuses, or they’ll simply stop listening to what you’re saying all together.

This is where someone you’re in confrontation with uses terms like everyone, always, makes things bigger than they really are, or makes sarcastic remarks. It’s nearly impossible to continue in a constructive way once these lines are dropped.

“Everyone thinks you’re a…” “Everyone I know would agree with me…” “You’re always…” “This always happens..” “You do this every time…” You do this all the time…”

These all result in a useless conversation. First of all, it’s unrealistic to make such claims. Who is everyone? Obviously, not everyone will ever agree with you on anything. You’re always? Always when? You mean I do this every single time? Again, not possible.

Generalizations are the last resort of someone who has no real argument. They try to either put you down or they try to draw imaginary others into the conversation to gain credibility. Conversation over is the result.

Sarcastic remarks, well you know the type, they aren’t part of a constructive argument either.

Lose all of these things when in confrontation with someone or lose respect of the person you’re in confrontation with, they’ll never treat you the same or want to listen to you in a serious manner again. Lose them unless you're in a confrontation with someone whose opinion means less than nothing to you already, that is.

Don’t Start It Off As A Know-it-all....

If you want to raise the chances of you getting kicked in the face then by all means start an intense debate as a know-it-all. No one likes a condescending asshole, so don’t be one.

Everyone has something to learn and no one knows everything. It doesn’t matter what you do for work, where you went to school, or anything else for that matter. Start off with the spirit of wanting to learn something from another person.

If you take the approach of knowing it all then you can’t connect with another person at the level necessary to solve conflict.

Andre Gide said, “Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.”

In other words, if you approach a conversation and make it seem like a joint effort to get to the truth instead of proclaiming you already know it, then you will be successful in solving problems. Even if you already know the answer it is much better to guide the other person in the direction you want them to get to, in order to discover what you know, simply by asking questions.

Imagine looking something up together to seek a joint answer rather than you showing someone something you read after you’ve belittled them and made them feel bad. In which scenario do you think they are going to be receptive to you?

Whether or not you actually are right, you’re still an asshole, and no one likes an asshole. So take the time to work as a team to solve problems together. You’ll not only gain a friend, you’ll also help change a mind.


Never Use Ultimatums Or Threats....

When you start to use threats or ultimatums in an argument, whatever it is that you were talking about, immediately fades into nothingness. The focus of the conversation then shifts to that specific ultimatum or threat.

This causes the other person to counter attack or defend themselves. This can go on for a long time back and forth, getting worse as it goes, and you still didn’t solve the issue that caused the argument in the first place.

Don’t Be Disrespectful....

This includes rolling your eyes, shaking your head, and using clichés like “duh” or “you’re stupid” etc. Don’t use your body to be disrespectful and don’t be sarcastic or insult the other person with clichés.

It makes the other person feel like they’re wasting their time with you and it makes you look like a complete idiot.

Don’t Interrupt....

Everyone probably knows what it’s like to be interrupted and it’s not a great feeling. Let the other person finish what they are saying, pay attention, wait until they are done to start speaking. Listen to what they are saying.

If you show them respect and that you value what they have to say, when it’s your turn to talk they will take the time to return the favor. That is, or course, unless they're jerks. If you keep interrupting them they will stop trying to explain stuff to you and you’ll find yourself sitting there talking while no one is listening to a damn thing you’re saying.

Don’t Raise Your Voice/Hit The Caps Lock Key....

This frequently happens due to being interrupted or to interrupt someone else because you don’t feel like they’ve understood anything you’ve said.

Soft words can calm anger but loud words will incite anger only make matters worse.

The other times people raise their voice is for what’s called a shouting match. When there’s a shouting match going on it’s usually two people insulting each other. I don’t believe that’s ever solved any problems ever.

Never Walk Away Until It’s Over....

The only time it’s ever appropriate to walk away from an argument is if it becomes emotionally or verbally abusive. Until then, if you want to show you respect the other person, you had better stay and participate.

Just because you have been proven wrong, someone doesn’t agree, or you don’t feel like you’re getting your point across, does not justify just walking away. If you can’t stand in and solve a problem and get your points across then you have issues. Walking away just shows that you are disrespectful and uncaring and I’d be surprised if the other person doesn’t return the favor or stop talking to you all together the next time you want to discuss something.


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Shall we try it? cheers
And can you honestly say you don’t do any of the things on this list?

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Post by Ben Reilly on Mon 16 Dec 2019 - 21:54

There is nobody who can say that they don't do at least a few of the things on this list. It's a good summary of what makes conversations go bad.

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Post by eddie on Mon 16 Dec 2019 - 21:57

The one I have a problem with is “walking away until it’s over”

Sometime that’s the best thing to do for yourself and the other person.

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Post by eddie on Tue 17 Dec 2019 - 22:32

If I could green myself, I’d definitely green myself for finding this!

(I hope Gelico reads this. I know, she’ll know, what I mean.)

Any other takers, apart from those who’ve replied?
It’s kinda important on a forum.

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Post by Fred Moletrousers on Tue 17 Dec 2019 - 23:25

eddie wrote:The one I have a problem with is “walking away until it’s over”

Sometime that’s the best thing to do for yourself and the other person.

Well, no names, no pack drill...but there are instances in which it is possible to try to end an argument by shutting off the computer or whatever, having a mug of cocoa, watching Match of the Day, going to bed for a good night's sleep...and then coming back the following day to find that said opponent is still going strong!
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