10 Tips to have a more Constructive Argument

Arguments and discussions can lead to ugly places.  Having an arguments is necessary in order to achieve solutions at times.  In my previous Blog Destructive Arguments I mentioned what NOT to do during an argument.  Here are 10 Tips that can help you have more constructive arguments and reach understanding:

  1. Set aside a quiet time to discuss the problem
  2. Take turns in talking
  3. Respect each other’s turn even if you don’t like what you’re hearing
  4. Keep the discussion to ONE single conflict at a time
  5. Don’t judge, concentrate on the facts
  6. Avoid bringing back unrelated differences from the past
  7. LISTEN!!!! Even if you disagree with what the other person is saying
  8. Validate others FEELINGS despite the different opinions or points of view
  9. Show that you care
  10. Ask questions to clarify confusions

Difficulties communicating are very common among couples and relationships.  If you’re struggling to communicate with your partner or a family member maybe it’s time to seek professional help. If you need to talk to someone about problems in your relationship please consider seeking the help of a professional.

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