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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


  • 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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