(GivenUs.com) – Human beings like to be right. And let’s be honest… it often feels pretty uncomfortable when someone challenges our intensely-held ideas and beliefs. That’s why a lot of people avoid confrontation and arguments in the first place.
But that avoidance is often short-sighted. Just because people disagree from time to time doesn’t mean that you should fear or dread disagreeing. With the Socratic method, you can make your point, win, and avoid making enemies while you convince others you’re right.
Trevor Noah might be the king of this particular strategy, but you can become just as effective at arguing for virtually anything if you follow his lead.
Here’s how he makes it work:
- He uses de-escalation tactics: Instead of getting heated in an argument, practice keeping your voice volume low and making jokes where appropriate. Just as negativity breeds negativity, positivity breeds positivity.
- He asks questions: Accusations can come off as confrontational and threatening. Asking questions instead may give you a better understanding of the other person and avoid putting them on the defensive.
- He searches for agreement in disagreement: You can defend your opinion without making it seem like you’re attacking the other person. It often helps to find some common ground, or at least acknowledge that you can understand or appreciate their viewpoint.
We can’t promise you that you’ll win every argument every time. But with the Socratic method, it’s totally possible to master the art of civil, respectful debates. It’s also a great opportunity to test your opinions, broaden your horizons, and keep an open mind.
~Here’s to Your Success!
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