You’re a Democrat. He’s a Republican. Most of the time, these political disagreements have little impact on your relationship.
But during an election campaign, when politics dominate news headlines and social media, it’s harder to avoid the topic.
Especially with your spouse or significant other.
The Politically-Driven Argument
Frankly, it doesn’t really matter where you’re from, either — these types of political disagreements arise between couples throughout most of the Western world. So how do you handle the occasional politically-driven argument with your partner? Avoid the issue?
Absolutely not, says Wendy Merron of YourTango.com:
Discuss, don’t dismiss. Rather than let your temper get the better of you, choose to be proactive and work out the rules for the duration of the campaign.
Sit Down and Calmly Listen to One Another
She advocates sitting down with your significant other to really understand each others’ views. The article outlines four ways to overcome political debates between couples, starting with a recommendation to sit down and hash it out with your better half during a televised political debate.
If you’re facing some of these arguments with your partner this election season, check out Merron’s article and sort things with one another before things boil and turn into a more serious argument.