Dear Dr. Michelle:
My family is split when it comes to political views. With the holidays coming up, how do we have these discussions without ending up in a fight?
Jaelyn Arndt sits down with Dr. Michelle K. Murray to answer your question via video this week! As you prepare for these discussions with your family, Dr. Michelle K. Murray suggests you ask yourself these questions:
- What is the goal of the conversation?
- Is it even necessary?
- Is it worth having the conversation if it results in disruption or conflict?
She then advises to treat this conversation as an opportunity to understand what the real issue is and how you can learn from each other.
Finally, Dr. Michelle K. Murray shares tips on how to end or move on from the conversation:
- Be direct about it.
- Thank the person for talking and thank them for what you have learned from them.
- Change the topic.
Check out the full conversation in the video below.
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