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 of questioning in persuasive communication, when today this video popped up on my Twitter feed.

Interviewer: “Are people born gay, or do they choose to be gay?”

Interviewee: “They choose to be gay.”

Interviewer: “When did you choose to be straight?”

Look at how easily and peacefully the interviewees’ minds begin to open when they are presented with a well-framed and respectful question, rather than being confronted with a head-on logical argument.

(Originally posted on my Open Salon blog on September 23, 2011.)


About Karen McKim

Retired from a 30-year career in public sector quality assurance and management auditing, I now spend my time freelance writing, largely on topics related to our right to self-government. I have two main focuses: how we can protect our election results from miscounts (whether deliberate or accidental), and skills for talking politics with our fellow citizens. I am based in Wisconsin.
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