How To Have A Healthy Argument

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Old 31-Mar-2011
How To Have A Healthy Argument

The word “argument” is often connoted negatively. However, an argument can simply be the expression of two different viewpoints that does not necessarily have to end in bruised egos every time. In fact, it can turn out be a very healthy experience for the both the parties, if managed properly. Arguments often happen in relationships, which can comprise of a married couple, two family members, a dating couple or two friends. Then, you can even differ with the opinion of a co-worker and end up arguing with him as well. However, the key here is to make sure that the argument takes a healthy turn and does not result in a fight. In the following lines, we have listed some tips to help you know how to have a healthy argument.

Tips For Having Healthy Arguments
  • Avoid shouting to put your point across, as this will not solve an argument. If you are unable to control yourself, simply walk away from the situation.
  • Probably, the hardest thing to do in an argument is to control your emotions. You need to think about the argument logically, observe it as an outsider and analyze it. Realize that emotions will not resolve anything and think as to what can be done to help the situation.
  • Understand that you are not always a “victim” and it takes two people to argue. Be patient and listen to the other person’s point of view as well. It is the not that you will be right always.
  • In case the argument is because of an incident that made the other person feel hurt, instead of blaming him for feeling so, try to recognize what happened and whether you were wrong on your part. In case you are the aggrieved party, calmly explain why you are feeling hurt, without accusing the other person.
  • Do not bring in a fight that happened in the past. Let bygones be bygones. It is better to concentrate on what is happening at present.
  • While debating, always give the other person’s reasoning a fair shot. Your objective should be to learn from one another, rather than to have a contest.
  • It is important to keep your argument private and not argue in front of others or in public places. They will only constrain your ability to have a productive conclusion to your argument.
  • Do not convert the argument into a fistfight and let it come to blows. Physical fighting will resolve nothing and only make the matters worse.
  • If you feel that the argument is getting out of hand, try to change the subject for some time. It will give both of you time to calm down and look at things objectively.
  • In case you have had an argument with your partner, never go to bed angry. It is better to resolve anything that bothers you. Sometimes, it is fine to let mundane things go and move on with life. However, in case of painful issues, it is better to resolve them; else, they will eat away the relationship and build more tension.

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