This year’s presidential election was a divisive one, one that may have torn apart family and friends.
Now that it’s over, you may be wary of political talk at your Thanksgiving dinner.
A new CNN/ORC poll shows that 53-percent of Americans dread the thought about talking about politics with family and friends at Thanksgiving.
Clinical psychologist Dr. Tyler Fortman says there are several ways to handle the situation.
One solution is avoiding the situation all together. You can choose to stay home or choose a gathering where you know politics won’t be discussed.
But if not going is not an option, experts recommend being assertive in the beginning.
You can either excuse yourself from the conversation or just simply say you’re not interested in discussing the topic.
However, it is important to be prepared for the possibility that you won’t be able to come to an agreement.
“Going in knowing that you may never reach an agreement and that can be okay,” Dr. Fortman says. “Doesn’t mean you have to avoid it and it’s the end of the world because there’s a disagreement.”
If you do feel the need to discuss politics, William Doherty, director of marriage and family therapy at the University of Minnesota, tells The Wall Street Journal you should find people that share your same view.
If all else fails, you could always hire a moderator.