Positive Conversations Centered Around Politics
Tough conversations regarding political topics have been considered taboo in modern society. The act of coming together to find common ground builds a strong relationship between everyone in a community. The realization of differing beliefs or ideologies between peers can eventually lead to productive conversations. Although not the most comfortable, these conversations are what drive political movements.
Personally, I have used helpful tactics to drive political conversations in positive directions. For instance, finding agreed upon areas through active listening can create a less stressful dynamic. Avoiding polarizing language and personal attacks can also be beneficial in political conversations. Positive language creates trust between the two parties and allows the conversation to continue with effective communication.
When tensions do rise, keep calm to help de-escalate tension, which allows the conversation to keep going without ruining any potential progress. If both parties believe there is potential for progress, conversation goals can help the participants reach common ground and a better understanding of the other side’s point of view. With that being said, not all of the hard conversations end in a common ground and disagreeing on a sensitive topic is absolutely okay.
Even having the confidence to own up to a situation with the statement, “I don’t know enough about this topic to have an opinion”, can aid in the process of establishing positive relationships with the other side. If the conversation continues without a specific end in sight, it may be the most beneficial for both parties to end the conversation or change the topic completely.
Politics can be extremely difficult for people to discuss in today’s political climate. It is important to remember that these conversations are for bringing people together, not driving them apart. Progress is made when people talk about their differences to find out their common interests and build on them.
About the Author:
Elyse Majeski is a junior at the University of Denver. She is majoring in international studies and economics with a minor in business ethics and legal studies. In her free time, she enjoys working for electronic dance music artists and studying the latest Supreme Court cases. Recently, she was elected president of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences student ambassadors team.