Change the conversation Sometimes, someone wants to talk to you about a topic that you just don’t agree on.
If you can have a productive discussion, that’s great! But if the conversation feels like it’s devolved into opposing monologues, change the conversation to something less upsetting.
Stay away from potentially incendiary topics such as religion and politics, particularly with people you don’t know well.
It can feel awkward to interrupt an upsetting conversation, but the relief is worth it.
Try something polite, like “You know, I think we’ll just have to agree to disagree on this subject. How about we talk about last night’s episode of Game of Thrones instead?”
If the other person won’t give up, excuse yourself from the conversation. Use an “I”-statement to avoid sounding like you’re blaming the other person: “You know, I’m feeling a little overwhelmed right now. I’m going to take a little break from this conversation.”