5 Benefits Of A Healthy Debate

5 Benefits Of A Healthy Debate

Why tactful arguing can actually be a good thing.
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While we tend to react quickly whenever our views are challenged, this can actually be a good thing. In many ways, having differences is a healthy part of relationships because it helps boost our individuality. Whenever you project an idea, it is likely that people will disagree and criticize you. Some may even go as far as to try to change your beliefs into what they think is best. However, if you debate often, you will develop the skills you need to be able to counter their critique. By learning to constructively put together logical connections and statistical evidence, you will learn to come up with stronger premises that will enhance your claims. This will enable you to outshine your opponent in any debate. Although you may not always win, you will get better at arguing. Keep in mind that it is always good to have friends who don’t share the same views as you, because it makes debating more interesting. Here are some reasons why arguing will actually make you a better person.

1. Makes you think on your feet

By constantly debating, you are being placed in the spotlight, and as a result, are forced to think fast. By that being said, when you argue back and forth, using factual evidence and perform everything under a specific time frame. By being able to collect your thoughts faster, you will achieve the winning end during the next debate with your friends or possibly loved one. Remember, effective debating is about getting better at proving your point, not about sabotaging their views. Therefore, you must learn to keep your cool, even if they initiate insults, or harsh comments about your perspective.


2. Allows you to better understand yourself and your views

When you argue/debate with people who share different ideas, you learn more not only about their perspective, but more about yourself as well. In the long run, you will become in sync with your likes/dislikes and thus, better understand yourself.

3. You become more of an individual

Piggybacking off my second point, once you are fully aware of your views and perspective, you will become more individualized i.e someone who is distinct, single and has his/her own discrete way of living. As draining as arguing can be, because you may feel as though you constantly have to defend yourself and your ideas, view it in a more positive light. See it as a mental exercise rather than a burden. However, you may want to remember a few things

A. Not everyone is capable of conducting a successful debate: For example, some people, during a debate, may begin to attack you, insult you, or disrespect your beliefs. This is a sign that they are losing, and see you as a threat. This may cause them to react aggressively or say condescending things about your point of view. During this situation, you may choose to walk away if you feel as though the overall result of the debate is counterproductive.

B. We all have different ways and styles of arguing/debating. Some of us are direct and straightforward, while others can be extremely contradictory and vague. That is why it is important to be an avid listener and watch out for possible flaws in their speech that may be used against them.

C. Do not explode if you are not able to keep up with the debate. Again, view this as an intellectual sport, and a competition for yourself to improve. Give every debate your best shot, and you will feel better about yourself afterwards. Sometimes learning something new is more valuable than winning.

4. It makes you more competitive

Whenever your opinion is challenged, you may feel a pit of fire burning through your chest. You have the sudden will to respond and shun the other person--especially if what they say sounds ignorant. This is a great response because whether you like what the other person is saying or not, you will be motivated to speak your mind. You will be motivated to work hard, and construct a brilliant argument that will crush their ability to speak again. This will boost your confidence, verbal expression skills, and fuel your ambition towards winning the argument.

5. It sharpens your critical thinking skills

Arguing makes you think critically, analyze, and create logical explanations as to why your reasoning is valid. Using sophisticated language will not make for a better argument. It is instead the way you manipulate that language in your favor that will result in you completing a successful argument. Thus, the more you practice efficient debating, the more you improve your critical thinking skills, and the better you will become at crossing your point.


Recognizably, we all have that one person in our friends'/family circle, who just loves to argue on and on about their point of view. These people often project their opinions fearlessly without considering those who may challenge their perspectives. However, this article shows the many ways in which arguing back can be beneficial for the both of you. Arguing is about listening, learning, verbal/mental techniques, logic, and should be a fun moment of heat in the spotlight. It is not mocking views that don't appeal to you--that isn't the proper way to do it. One last tip to remember about arguing is that it is always best to research a topic before debating about it, especially if it is related to politics, religion, and/or social controversy.

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A Thank You Letter To My Best Friend

All the things I should thank you for more often than I do.
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To My Best Friend,

This thank you is long overdue. There are so many things I want to thank you for, and I’m sure I’m going to still be missing some by the end of this letter. But here is a small token of my gratitude for just being by my side in this life and making it all worthwhile.

Thank you first of all for accepting me and loving me for exactly who I am. This isn’t easy. I can be stubborn, difficult and confusing, but you love and accept me for me. There are days I wonder when you’ll finally come to your senses and move on and find a new BFF, one who isn’t so complicated, but to my amazement, you never do. You tell me you’ll take the good with the bad, and when I question whether I have any good left, you’re always there to reassure me and show me that I do. Thank you for loving me in my dorky and difficult moments, moments where if the rest of the world saw them, they’d probably walk away. Thank you for understanding me like no one else does; if we didn’t have the connection we did, I can’t imagine how lonely and big this world would feel. Because of you, this world seems like a little friendlier place, one I can see myself being a part of.

Thank you for being my biggest fan. Besides my family, you are my biggest supporter, and I know that when I win, you win, and when you win, I win. In this battle we call life, it doesn’t matter who’s in my opponents corner, because I know I am always going to have you in mine, and that’s the best asset I could ever ask for. You encourage me to chase my dreams like no one else does, and I can tell that you sincerely hurt when I hurt — not many people care about me in such a deep way. Whatever crazy dream I tell you I’m going to chase after next, you believe I can do it, even when the rest of the world thinks I’m crazy for even suggesting it. When something good happens, you’re the first person I want to tell, and when something bad happens, you’re the first one I go to for support.

Thank you for being you. You are incredible my dear, and I can’t wait to constantly remind your husband that he got crazy lucky and out kicked his coverage big time. You are beautiful inside and out. On the outside, you are so gorgeous; you’re very own unique and incredible definition of beauty, and I know I’m one of many who see it. You’re intimidating to stand next to in pictures because I know your light shines so bright, but I’ll gladly stand next to you and take a picture, because I’m so excited to show the world how breathtakingly beautiful my best friend is. On the inside you are even prettier, with a warm heart, a sharp mind and an unbelievable personality. You are hands down the funniest person I know, and I still can’t believe that someone as funny and hilarious as you chooses to spend her time with someone as dweeby and awkward as me. I mean, half the time we’re laughing at some fail I had or something stupid I did, so I guess I contribute a little bit to our constant laughing. You are so kind and so sweet, and have the biggest heart of anyone I know. God spent a little extra time when he made you, because you’re the total package: you’re beautiful, awesome and amazing, all wrapped in one, and I’m so lucky he put you in my life—he knows I’d be lost without you.

Thank you for being there for me whenever I need it. It was once said that “all that relationships are are being there for someone when they need you,” and you’re a pro at this. Whether it be because another boy is being stupid or I’m feeling alone, I know all I need to do is call you, and I’ll instantly feel better. You help my through the countless problems Lord knows I have trouble solving, and you reassure me that no matter what, you’re always going to be there for me. This is huge, and something very few people have been able to do for me, but you always have, and I know you always will be. And that is the most reassuring thing I know, knowing that if all hell breaks loose, the world falls apart and I have no one, I’ll have you. And that is all I need.

Thank you for being a spark, a light in my life that no matter how dark the world around us gets, is always there to light my way and show me the way home. Thank you for laughing with me when God blesses us with a funny moment, and crying with me when God is trying to tell me something. Thank you for standing beside me in the greatest of moments and the darkest of hours. Thank you for being the one I share my fondest memories with: all the nights we stayed up really late, all the exciting adventures we went on and all the inside jokes we still laugh about today. Thank you for growing up with me; for being there every step of the way and creating some of my happiest moments with me. Thank you for all the memories I've shared with you, and I can't wait for what crazy adventure we're going to go on next.

So thank you for accepting me, loving me, and supporting me. Thank you for being your wonderful self, and thank you for being there for me, through thick and thin, even when I'm at my lowest. Thank you for shining your brilliant light into my life and illuminating my world.

Oh, and thank you for being my maid of honor. I know I won’t need to ask you for a while, but you had to know it was coming, right?

Thank you for being the godmother to my future children, the sister to my family, and another daughter to my parents.

And finally, thank you for being the best to my friend.

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Teens Started A #IfIDieInASchoolShooting Trend On Twitter, Because This Is The World We Live In Now

Because the truth is, school shootings have become so prevalent in America that children of all ages see them as inevitable.
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Last Friday, a gunman killed ten people in a high school in Santa Fe, Texas. So far in the 20 weeks of 2018, there have been 22 school shootings in America, which averages to about one school shooting per week.

With social awareness involving gun violence increasing since the Parkland shooting in February, the narrative has shifted to include vocal and active teens who have pressed lawmakers for forms of gun control. These teens have organized marches around the country and called out politicians who have ties with the NRA.

Because the truth is that school shootings have become so prevalent in American society that children of all ages see them as inevitable.

After Friday's shooting American teens took to Twitter to talk about the inaction of lawmakers and the cycle of violence that threatens their lives everyday.

The hashtag #IfIDieInASchoolShooting voices the final wishes, fears, and unachieved dreams of teenagers if their lives were to be shot down in a classroom.

Many wanted their deaths to push the conversation for gun control forward:

Others were aware of how their future would be cut short:

Or that, in the end, their lives would make little impact to prevent future tragedies:

And teens who have already been affected by gun violence remember those they lost:

There was a heartbreaking moment during the aftermath of Friday's shooting in which a student was asked if she thought something as momentous as this would ever happen at her school.

Her eyes downcast and her voice shaking with shock, she let out a small sound of exasperation. "No," she said. "It's been happening everywhere. I always kind of felt like eventually it was going to happen here too."

We are no longer surprised.

School shootings are regular fixtures in our news feeds. We comment on the tragedy and look on as politicians make excuses and fix nothing.

The fact that children in America know that they might be murdered in their classrooms is inexcusable. No child should ever have to fear for their life or plan their eulogy. Change is desperately needed, and we can no longer afford to forget.

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