Disagreements are a challenge for us to hear a different point of view without judgment.
Although disagreements are at first unpleasant, there is no reason to think that the better and more interesting discussions come from like-minded individuals. In reality, confrontation is what allows us to hear a different side, one that may enrich our experience of the subject matter.
Confrontation poses this question to you - Did you think about this?
When friends are respectful of each other’s paths, knowledge, background, desires and needs, they can communicate their thoughts without sending hurtful messages. The disagreement is just a way of saying, I hear ya but I think you should consider this…
Of course, this interaction presupposes that:
- the communicator sends the message in a respectful way,
- the receiver is ready to accept the message,
- both parties are ready to speak their minds completely, freely and without judgment.
Within these conditions, confrontation will have a definite benefit with a potential of growth for all involved. The bond of friendship can only grow tighter as a result.