When things are uncomfortable to talk about, it’s hard not to resort to caveman grunts, but loads of disagreements come from misunderstandings. We get it, chatting about this stuff can feel a bit fluffy and you might feel like wriggling out of tricky conversations, but communicating can stop things getting out of hand.
If those conversations don’t come naturally, make them more comfortable - take a walk together so you don’t need to hold intense eye contact, or head to a neutral space like a cafe or the pub. If things get heated, take five and chat about something a bit less serious until you’ve both calmed down.
Topics that always get stormy? Maybe a family birthday party isn’t the time to bring up your political differences. It can be hard when you keep stumbling over the same arguments, so there might be issues you steer clear of sometimes. We all have our own views and while it can be challenging, try to respect and understand that.
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