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Why You Can No Longer Talk Politics At The Office

A number of recent surveys give reason for us all to be concerned about the impact that last year’s election and Trump’s presidency are having in the workplace. A study by BetterWorks shows a marked decrease in productivity owing to the amount of time employees spend in political discussions on social media—while at work. In an American Psychological Association survey, nearly 10 percent of respondents said that talking politics at work led to stress, diminished productivity, and a greater sense of distrust toward colleagues of a different p...
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How to Talk to Someone Who Always Gets Defensive

How to Talk to Someone Who Always Gets Defensive
Your loved one hurt your feelings or crossed a boundary. You’re trying to talk to them about it. But as soon as you start expressing yourself, they cross their arms. They look away. They start playing with their phone. They say things like: Why are you criticizing me? and I know you think I’m a terrible person. They start defending their behavior. They list a litany of reasons why you’re actually in the wrong. In other words, they get defensive. In fact, they get defensive any time you try to have a real conversation with them. And this defensiveness feels a lot like they don’t care. You feel ...
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