In the heat of election season, we at It’s Just Lunch wanted to know if singles AVOID dating someone with different political views. Our recent dating survey showed some interesting results:
60% of men and 68% of women said they definitely date people who have similar political opinions and beliefs.
Just over 39% of men and almost 32% of women said they throw caution to the wind and definitely DO date people with DIFFERENT political views.
For you brave dates in the 30%, we have some advice to make it through Election Day and beyond, from psychologytoday.com. The 8 types of (mis)communications that can make a political discussion hurt your relationship.
2.) Blocked listening
3.) A fixed belief system
4.) Unwillingness to engage (“Let’s not talk politics”) or not allow the other side to speak
5.) Distortion of what the other side says
6.) Speaking for the other (“He just thinks that…”)
7.) Bad-mouthing the opposite perspective
8.) Escalated emotional intensity
If you are going to talk about your differences, Dr. Susan Heitler’s advice is:
“If you are going to engage in a political discussion, remind yourself early and often to stay cool. Keep your ears open so that you can listen for what makes sense in what others say. Treat what others say respectfully, listening in the best possible light to their differering perspective.”
To read the full article from psychologytoday, click here.