Is there a better way to have difficult conversations about big topics like politics, elections and who voted which way?
“You want to get empathy but at least start out with curiosity.” — Dr. David Campt on the art of the tough conversation
That’s the focus of Dr. David Campt, a Detroit native who has become nationally known for helping people talk about difficult things through lectures and several books he’s written on the topic. Dr. Campt also launched the VOICE project in hopes of teaching people better ways to talk about politics.
“Over the past ten years, things have become more divided,” says Dr. Campt. “We feel more and more like the fate of the nation is on the line. We’re starting to sense that we have different views of that and it becomes harder and harder to resolve that.”
During an interview on CultureShift on 101.9 WDET, Dr. Campt says that curiosity rather than accusatory questions to a friend or family member can help a conversation stay cordial instead of becoming a hostile exchange.
“What’s critical to manage that is to learn more about why they think what they think as opposed to just what they think,” says Dr. Campt. “We want to shift our focus to what happened to people and what are their experiences that drive their beliefs. It creates a whole different kind of encounter.”
Click the audio player with the hear the full conversation with Dr. David Campt about how to have conversations about difficult topics with the people you love: