The root of conversation should be mutually enriching and based upon an unspoken understanding that friends, while different, are speaking and listening to each other out of charity.
Here are three ways that we can disagree with our friends without harming or severing the relationship.
Are you a choleric, sanguine, melancholic, or phlegmatic?
If you are unfamiliar with the four temperaments (which are closely related to personality), get acquainted with them.
The sanguine is a natural extrovert whose preference is lighthearted conversation rather than discussing dense dissertations.
It seems, however, that most of us erroneously assume that we’ll get along with our friends without unexpected hiccups.
When a hot-button issue becomes the topic for lively debate, and you chime in with your opinion, what happens if the conversation quickly turns sour?
After reading by Art and Laraine Bennett, my entire understanding of human behavior dramatically shifted.
Before reading it, I would often respond defensively to those who questioned or outright challenged my opinion, but this book honestly helped me to grasp the motivations behind why and how we react to questions and comments in social situations. Their ambition and need to be right often outweighs their ability to speak charitably.
The goal of a sanguine, however, is to get everyone to laugh and enjoy the merriment of fellowship.