Five Steps to Help Have Productive Political Discussions

Five Steps to Help Have Productive Political Discussions November 27, 2020

I’m often frustrated by the discussion I see around political and social issues. Often times people are talking past each other and not trying to understand where the other person is coming from. If we care about changing the other person’s mind, it is important to connect with them and avoid making them feel defensive.

In the video above, I outline five steps backed by social science that can help us have more productive political conversations. I focus on political discussion, but these steps basically apply to any discussion involving beliefs central to someone’s identity. I hope that these techniques are helpful! If you tried these techniques, feel free to share your experience in the comments below!

Also, I was planning on making more YouTube videos, but I’ve been busy with work! And I am also writing a book about the causes and solutions of misinformation. So things have been hectic, but it’s been good-busy. Finally, as I have alluded to before, this blog is finally coming to a close. I just don’t have the time to commit to regular posts. So in January 2021, I will officially retire from Patheos. I hope I have time in the next month to write a final reflection post from my time on here and my time in the secular movement more broadly.

"Happy trails, Matthew. It has been a pleasure reading you here."

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