Discussing Politics With Your Significant Other

Here's a post from OnSugar blog My DISFunkshion.

Politics is one of the topics that we usually avoid discussing with strangers. But what about with your significant other? Can you discuss politics in your relationship?

I used to date someone whose political views clashed with mine. I only found this out when I told him passionately about the issue surrounding Tibet. I talked about how I was volunteering with an organization that supports human rights and freeing Tibet. Unexpectedly, he snapped at me and said, “Oh, you are one of those people?!” and that inevitably led to an argument.

I had no problem with his point being different than mine. I was frustrated, however, because he seemed to disrespect or even not accept my point of view.

From that point on, he and I avoided talking about politics. It was hard for me because I’m very interested in political issues and I couldn’t discuss them with him. It was even more complicated because his dad was a prominent politician in the city – obviously, it was a touchy subject if I didn’t agree with his entire family’s political perspective. Since then, I have been careful to openly discuss my political views and activities in my relationships.

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