Communicating When We Have Opposite Opinions: Civil Discourse

Salon Topic given at the 15th Anniversary Annual Retreat for the Belizean Grove

January 22, 2015, Antigua, Guatemala 


Sometimes it isn’t easy to communicate when we agree, let alone when we don’t. Effectively communicating when we have opposite opinions is tough, and requires one key ingredient – listening. I was pleased to speak about using active listening as a tool towards conveying empathy, forging common ground, and achieving civil discourse even where there is disagreement. Common pitfalls of healthy communication were also addressed.



Alicia H. Clark, PsyD