How to handle a political argument

Are your conversations about the elections turning into fights? Here's how an expert says you can talk politics without it getting heated.

Domestic Warfare

With the primaries and a pandemic occurring simultaneously, one may find themselves quarantined at home with friends or family. Often, this excessive quality time can lead to conflict particularly political. The main tips to remember are to be kind, use I-statements, ask questions, keep calm, and do not drink alcohol. Of course, the number one tip is to avoid political talk if possible since you would probably much rather catch up with each other in a more personal manner anyway.

“I definitely have a wish now. I wish that as a culture we can get to a point where we can talk about hard stuff and know that it's OK to disagree and that we we might actually, if we're able to be open to learn something from somebody else, that might shift our perspective in a certain way that makes us more effective, more vibrant, more, you know, people living from a full potential. That would be my wish to kind of across the board, whether it's a hard conversation about a relationship or a hard conversation about politics, to know that you can be brave and show up in these conversations that feel really vulnerable and really scary and you can do it well and stay grounded and not feel beat up at the end of it, that we can we can create these conversations that actually bring life rather than feeling destructive. That's my wish,” Dr. Wendy Dickinson, a licensed psychologist, tells Brut.

What’s currently happening in politics

As of March 11, 2020, former Vice President Joe Biden leads the Democratic presidential primaries with 864 delegates while Senator Bernie Sanders trailing with 710 delegates. And, of course, Representative Tulsi Gabbard has 2 delegates from American Samoa. Meanwhile, Republican presidential candidate President Donald Trump is currently dealing with the public health pandemic that is coronavirus.