The 2016 presidential election has been the center of more controversy
than any other in recent memory. It has sparked heated debate in both
the public and private lives of almost every demographic, including married
couples across the nation.
Disagreements can arise in any relationship. In fact, many psychologists
agree that it is important for each spouse to nurture the development
of their own distinct personality and belief system. However, the ideological
clashes brought about by this year’s election may be pushing some
marriages past the breaking point. Below, we have put together a few tips
for fostering healthy communication when it comes to politics.
Talking about Politics with Your Spouse
While these points can apply to any part of a relationship, they can be
especially useful when discussing emotionally charged topics such as politics.
Avoid Insults: Ridicule is typically aimed at a person and not the logic or reasoning
behind their beliefs. Generally, if one person starts acting out of anger
or throwing insults, the possibility of constructive conversation begins
to go out the window. Try taking a break from the conversation and coming
back to the topic later.
Look for common ground: First, before automatically taking a defensive position against your
spouse’s point, engage them solely with the intent of listening.
Investing time in attempts at finding common ground can often yield mutual
understanding, even when disagreements persist.
Remain respectful: Remember, at the end of the day, you are married and it is your relationship
that is most important. While you do not have to agree with your spouse’s
political stances, showing respect can help to promote healthy communication.
Political disagreements can be manifestations of deeply rooted ideological
differences. The discussions brought about by politics may be another
item in a list of ongoing disagreements that can cause spouses to drift
apart. When a marriage has broken down and compromise is simply not a
possibility, it may be time to seek outside help.
At Favila Terry Law, PLLC, we help families through all aspects of
family law and divorce. If you are currently seeking legal assistance, we invite
you to contact our
Fort Worth divorce attorney and tell our legal team about your family’s situation.
Call (817) 330-8177 or
request an initial consultation online today.