By Paul Schmitt
Discussing politics at Thanksgiving gatherings can lead to family arguments and heated exchanges as well as hard feelings afterward. Shirley Senarighi of the Door County Civility Project says that although some suggest avoiding politics at all cost is the way to go, political topics are important to discuss.
Senarighi says to remember your purpose for starting the conversation. Is it to change other people’s mind, which might not be possible, or is it your goal is to understand the other person’s view and have them understand your position. Doing so can lead to less tension, according to Senarighi. She recommends that people “breathe” and take time to think of the words they use before engaging the other person.