Clinical psychologist: To avoid political arguments at holiday table, avoid political discussions

Clinical psychologist: To avoid political arguments at holiday table, avoid political discussions
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On Twitter, Trump and Clinton supporters-alike shared their stories about getting uninvited from Thanksgiving. …

Others, who may have wanted a reason to skip dinner, simply said they were dreading the inevitable alcohol-fueled political discussions. …

But, for those who are trying to repair relationships with family members they don’t agree with, the best strategy may be to avoid hot-button political topics during the holidays, according to Jamie M. Howard,  a clinical psychologist at the Anxiety and Mood Disorders Center of the Child Mind Institute in New York City.

“People do get heated on things they feel passionately about,” she said. “When you enter the conversation, don’t enter it trying to change someone’s mind or prove why you are right and they are wrong. At this point, you aren’t going to change anyone’s mind.”

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