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The How-To Lounge: Agreeing to Disagree

Even if you’re about as easy-going as they get, disagreements among friends, family, co-workers, or significant others are inevitable. Often, through numerous conversations and a lot of back and forth, a mutual consensus can be reached, but sometimes there’s no end in sight. But before you throw in the towel completely, I have a few tips for learning how to agree to disagree. To see them just

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  • The first and most important step is accepting the fact that you’re not going to be able to convince the other person to agree with you. You can’t reach the decision to disagree amicably without acknowledging that there’s nothing left you can do to convince the other side.
  • As part of accepting your differing views, you have to stop arguing. Unless you’re the type that gets a kick out of fighting, there’s really no point in going around in circles. If you find yourself in that cycle, don’t be afraid to stop it by simply acknowledging that neither party will ever completely agree.
  • Just because you’re openly acknowledging and accepting that you’re not going to agree, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try compromising. Once you’ve made the resolution to accept your varied positions, it’s time to establish the middle ground.
  • Once you’ve decided to amicably disagree and focus instead on a compromise, give yourself time for some much-needed introspection. If your differing opinions are something you can’t get over, then perhaps there’s a bigger issue lurking that you need to deal with.

Some of the best relationships are built on differences, so don’t let an argument get in the way of a successful partnership.

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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that with my fiance - i've gotten all of those down past except for the last one. i think that he and i both have our opinions and he never thinks that he's wrong - so i've learned that i'll accept him for it, and recognize that i can't change his point of view. the issue is that we never end up compromising, since we both have our views on things. if i know that i'm 100% right about something i'm not going to come half way since that's not the way that i am...but i will realize that it's not going to solve anything to continue the argument so i'll just let it go and accept it for what it is.
Seka21 Seka21 8 years
Its hard to let go..but you must. My ego doesnt allow me to but im trying!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
These are good tips. I learned early on that my husband and I are very stubborn about our differing opinions. We've learned to agree to disagree.
sugarbritches sugarbritches 8 years
Ha! Tried this with a whopper of an argument with my brother and two years later the stubborn ass still won't let it go!!!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
my boyfriend and I have many arguments like this...you jsut gotta learn how to forget about them and put them behind you! It's hard sometimes, but it's definatly for the best!
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