Rule #1: Give others morons the benefit of the doubt.
5 Rules for Diagreeing Agreeably
Most important, perhaps: Validate the other person's emotions.
Thank you for these rules, skeeter1. Since reading them, I have employed them in a discussion I am part of on another thread. I don’t know if I will enjoy a civil and stimulating dialogue there, but I truly believe that following these rules will make my contributions on this board and elsewhere much better.
Great points, skeeter...
Unfortunately, following them would make my life rather dull....
But thanks anyway!!
Good suggestions. After a hospital stay I had to attend group therapy twice a week(2 hr session) for 3 months. One of the suggestions was about disagreeing agreeably. The gist of it was to say something to acknowledge what the other said, tell them that you respect their opinion.....and then share your opinion.
Tried that on my JW ex (I really should have known better lol) went over like a lead balloon. Sometimes you just can't meet in the middle no matter how hard you try. especially if you're the only one playing by the rules.