Argument and discussion.

Argument generally means an angry dispute or disagreement.

Discussion implies a reasonable, civilized expression of opinion.

while argument implies hostility, raised voices etc. Both words

suggest exchange of opposing views and disagreement.

In discussion, both parties express their opinions  without getting

emotional. It’s just that they may see things differently.

In an argument, no one wins, while in a  discussion, everyone

wins. In an argument, we treat other people as opponents to be

defeated. We draw sides, defend our own positions and attack

the opposition. We are not open to new ideas or the possibility

of  changing our opinions. We listen only to find the weaknesses

in the other person’s   reasoning. We want to prove the superiority

of our  side and  the weakness of the other side. Even when we

win an argument, we usually do so by losing a potential ally.

In a discussion, we treat people as partners in a problem-solving

session. We share ideas, consider alternatives and evaluate

the pros and cons. We listen to other people’s thoughts and explore

ideas we haven’t previously considered. We learn more about the

issue, about what we think and feel and about each other’s values.

We seek people’s support, not their resentful silence. We may

passionately disagree with each other but mutual respect keeps

the discussion civil. Discussion is  conversation about a topic.

Discussion has a pleasant feeling.

Discussion explores an issue, surfaces multiple points of view

and results in a synthesis of minds that produce outcomes

greater than any single mind can put forth.

Discussion throws more light  on any issue.Discussion

ends up in knowing what is right. It accommodates each

other’s views.

Argument is to prove what I believe. Let  us always enjoy

discussion and accommodate others genuine ideas.





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