“Only if we fought just as hard to understand as we do to disagree.” -#Rehastime
Keep this in mind when it comes to how much more work is put into disagreeing versus agreeing.
The reality is that we all have disagreed with someone over someone or something. It is fine to have disagreements as long as people allow to let them serve as catalysts toward identifying issues and creating change.
Today’s inspiration is all about you getting to a point where you can learn to agree with someone. We will cover the following questions:
- What is a disagreement?
- What can cause a disagreement?
- How can you come into an agreement versus a disagreement?
Now that we have the questions, let’s find the answers!
What is a disagreement?
Merriam-Webster defines disagreement as:
To have a different opinion : to fail to agree.
To be different.
To not be suitable for or pleasing to someone.
A disagreement is simply where two or more people simply do not see eye-to-eye on someone or something.
What can cause a disagreement?
The causes of a disagreement can vary from person to person and from situation to situation. Spencer Greenberg gives us some insight in his post called The Seven Causes of Disagreement. I will list and give my brief take on the points below:
- The facts that people have when it comes to a disagreement can vary depending on the information that is presented to each person.
- When people have different sets of facts, it become difficult to be on the same page with the information.
- How people use and define words can vary when someone else does not understand how or why that word was used based on what they know of the word.
- When people have different sets of definitions, it can lead to a bit of confusion on some topics to where certain words get lost in translation.
- Values can serve as the basis on what a person knows to be right and wrong based on how they were raised and what they were exposed to over time.
- When people are unwilling to agree due to their values, it can create a stalemate.
- Sometimes a person can say or do something that can signal a certain response they want to convey to someone.
- If a person is not careful with their signaling, it can provoke a response that they may not be ready to receive.
- Failures of logic.
- People tend to disagree with each other using false logic in order to prove something that may or may not happen.
- This can lead to some heated and passionate arguments that may produce ideas, but it will also be a waste of time because nothing is done with them.
- Information processing methods.
- How people gather and process the information presented in a discussion can lead to a disagreement because it may not be similar to how another person does it.
- This can lead to some anger over the fact that maybe one person can process and understand something slower and differently than another person.
- Default beliefs.
- People may find a disagreement in this situation because of the assumption that similar beliefs equal 100% agreement, but that may not be the case once you dig deeper.
- This can lead to some frustration and confusion over the fact that what a person may appear to believe and think on the surface may not be truly what another think believe and think after further investigation.
Disagreements are going to happen, but if you do not recognize what can cause it, you are only to make them grow even larger over time.
How can you come into an agreement versus a disagreement?
Granted, you may not see eye-to-eye with a person on a certain topic or issue, but it should not stand between you both coming to an agreement. Here are five ways you can come into an agreement with someone else:
- Stop and listen.
- You cannot begin to understand someone else’s perspective on someone or something if you are constantly trying rush them in order to get your point across.
- Just sit and hear the other person out without interruption nor judgement.
- When you stop and listen, you will get a better grasp of another person’s perspective.
- Ask questions to gain full comprehension.
- Not all the time will a person’s point of view be comprehensive enough for you to understand, so questions are a good way to fill in the blanks.
- Ask questions in a manner in which will allow the person to be able to answer and help you understand their point of view in a way that is comprehensive for you.
- When you ask questions to gain full comprehension, it will help you clear up any areas where you are lacking in understanding.
- Share and collaborate ideas.
- There is nothing wrong with throwing your sharing and collaborating ideas as long as you are trying to work together on a common goal.
- Come together to present ideas and opinions in a nonjudgmental manner to where every idea can be accepted and adapted to form a collective viewpoint.
- When you are sharing and collaborating ideas, you are creating an avenue to where you can have a unified and diverse perspective.
- Accept and acknowledge when someone else’s idea or view is better than yours.
- There is nothing wrong with accepting that maybe someone has a better view or perspective on something than you do.
- If someone presents something that makes sense to you to be better than what you thought, accept the thought, let them know they are right, and use the new-found thought to improve things around you.
- Doing this can show people that you are willing to be open to listening and accepting new perspectives and ideas.
- Find common ground to agree on.
- Finding common ground can be the basis towards finding more things to agree upon with other people.
- Take the time to find a connection on something in which you and the other person have a similar viewpoint or perspective on that can bring you in unison with one another.
- Finding common ground to agree on can help break down barriers and bring you and someone else closer to being on the same page on other issues and topics.
When you learn to come into an agreement, it just makes everything easier to deal with.
I encourage you to take the time to look at all of the things you have disagreed with someone else about. It may have made feel good to hold your ground and stand firm in your belief and perspective in those moments, but when it results in you not being included in team building activities and thought collectives, it may not feel as good. Let’s remember that what stands between you and someone coming into agreement is each other; when you learn how to break down your walls and not let your disagreements get in the way, nothing will stand between you and someone else agreeing to work together and accomplishing a lot as a team.
I have a few questions in which I would love for you to give some thought. Feel free to answer and comment below:
- Can you recall a moment where you found yourself in a serious disagreement with someone else?
- What was your disagreement about?
- How did you decided to go about your disagreement?
- Did you decided to remain in a disagreement or decide to work towards an agreement and why?
- What was the result of you dealing with the disagreement?
- What would you recommend to someone as to how to deal with a disagreement?
Your answers and comments can help yourself or someone else figure out this important question…
- How can you come into an agreement versus a disagreement?
-Michael J. Fite