Aikido is a Japanese martial art (also known as the art of peace) that empowers people to protect themselves without having to hurt other people. These techniques can be applied to verbal confrontations with others.
So going back to your argumentative relative, you can use the three steps in an Aikido move in your verbal differences:
Evade: Let the other person’s behavior go by once or twice to see if he stops on his own.
Align: Let the other person know that you want to be on her side by validating points and showing her that you’re at least hearing what she’s saying. (This does not mean you have to agree with everything.)
Enter: Establish boundaries by stating the behavior you expect from the other person.
Let’s apply this to a situation you might encounter.
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