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A Practical Guide to Bridging the Divide with Your Loved Ones

A Practical Approach to Bridging the Divide with Your Loved Ones

One of the best real life examples of bridging the political divide happened on a podcast called: "How To Talk Politics With Your Dad (Without Yelling). " It featured two liberal siblings who wanted to communicate better with their very conservative father but struggled to figure out how to make this happen.

That’s where Monica Guzman comes in. She is the Senior Fellow for Public Practice at Braver Angels and author of "I Never Thought of It That Way: How To Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times.”

She helps this brother and sister find strategies to communicate better with their father about politics. She teaches them about ideas like:

Framing conversation goals in terms of understanding versus persuading.

Or how to really listen to the other person by rephrasing their points and asking them to verify if you got it right.

And with these and many more techniques, the brother and sister have a real conversation with their father on the podcast which you can hear below.

I am amazed at Monica’s guidance and how this family addresses some of the most politically contentious topics but in a caring way.

In the end, the siblings and the father begin to find a path forward that does not include yelling but at the same time, doesn’t run away from the hard stuff either.

Listening to this family talk in such an honest but compassionate way was deeply moving and gave me hope for our country. I honestly think this is a “must listen” podcast because it shows you what real progress looks like.

Please let me know what you think!

Update on The Question I am still working on the screenplay and will be meeting with our actors, Rae and Kelby this week to discuss their feedback. I am hoping to have a zoom presentation of the screenplay soon so stay tuned! Thank you for all of your support and please do not hesitate to email us with any questions.

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