Monthly Archives: February 2012

The value of insincerity

The first steps in conflict-resolving communication often involve disguising or feigning certain emotions—that is, insincerity. Even when the ultimate goal is honest conversation, insincerity seems to be a useful skill in the early stages.  None of the experts (at least … Continue reading

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Resources for talking politics with friends and neighbors

These are the books and other resources I’ve found helpful so far in learning about interpersonal political communication. I intend to update and add to this list as my study progresses. Please let me know, in the comments section, about … Continue reading

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What’s to be gained?

My nephew, a soldier who identifies as a devout Christian, was posting pro-war messages on Facebook. His words and photos revealed that he was eagerly anticipating seeing action and engaging in camaraderie with his buddies during their Excellent Adventure in … Continue reading

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Small progress is still progress

A single exchange of political speech with family or friends rarely creates a sudden, major change of heart for either participant. However, a single exchange can have a small effect and might lay the groundwork for later movement. One of … Continue reading

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Tidbit: The value of questioning

I’m continuing to read in interpersonal communication, in an effort to pull together ‘how-to’ for use in talking politics with our fellow citizens–particularly those who are in the sway of the corporate infotainment industry. I had read about the value … Continue reading

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“Most stupidity isn’t really stupidity.”

“Well YOU were the one who brought it up!” My conversation partner snapped at me. He  was irritated by my request that he define ‘government-run health care,’ which he adamantly opposed. “I’m sure I did not  use that term,” I … Continue reading

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I couldn’t have said it better myself, Parker Palmer

This post contains few of my own words. Today in my quest to learn the skills of interpersonal political communication, I’m reading Parker Palmer’s  Healing the Heart of Democracy (2011), and I felt the need to share some good passages, … Continue reading

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