A recent Quinnipiac University poll found that Americans can agree they’re in no mood to talk politics at the Thanksgiving table this year.
“There’s always been political tensions if families have differed politically but those differences and those divides have increased dramatically over the last couple of years,” Melissa Whitson, a professor of psychology at the University of New Haven, says.
Whitson says go armed with a way to redirect the conversation.
“Even if someone starts bringing stuff up, don’t feel the need to defend yourself or things like that just change the subject,” Whitson says. “Say ‘Hey, can we not talk about that? Let’s focus on this, that, and the other thing.’ Have other things ready to talk about.”
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