Arguing might actually be good for you. HERE’s WHY!

Everyone is unique in their own way. Your thoughts and opinions might not match with someone else’s.

That is what makes everyone so special.

However, Man is a social animal and we need to co-exist. But because of differences in opinion, everyone might not agree with everything someone else says or does.

This is the root cause of any argument.

Disagreements, Debates, Arguments, no matter what you call it, arise due to a difference in opinion or belief.

Arguments take place everywhere; right from your home between siblings up to the parliament between the ruling and opposition parties.

People are always advised and taught not to argue. You should come to a consensus without arguing.

Well, I beg to differ.

That’s right. You should argue and place your thoughts on the table.

The objective of this article is very clear; to change the mentality that arguing is bad. It is not.
Arguments have various benefits and advantages, that wouldn’t arise had there been no argument.

Table of Contents

  1. Different Perspectives
  2. Improves Communication between Individuals
  3. Your Speaking skills will improve
  4. You Learn to resolve conflicts

Before I begin, I would want to put a disclaimer that, arguments are advantageous up to a certain limit.

Just like anything in excess is bad, the same goes for arguing as well.

There are essentially two types of arguments:
1. Constructive Arguments and
2. Destructive Arguments

In the case of constructive arguments, the persons involved in the disagreement almost always come up with a common consensus or point of agreement and solve the issue.

However, destructive arguments might lead to physical fights, harming or hurting one another, etc.

These arguments are solely for proving your point and satisfying your ego. There is absolutely no net benefit that any of the parties in the argument get.

So, clearly constructive arguments should be practiced and destructive arguments should be avoided as much as possible.

Today, in many organizations, various brainstorming groups are created that consist of people with different points of view and who are not likely to agree with each other very easily.

This leads to constructive arguments that generate a variety of innovative ideas, plans, and strategies that the company can implement in order to achieve a higher growth rate.

So, without further ado, let’s get started on the reasons why you should argue.

#01 Different Perspectives

Many a time, we tend to think only in one particular direction as far as a particular topic is concerned.

When we discuss this topic with someone else, they may hold a different point of view and a completely different perspective.

This might lead to an argument/discussion, and you would gain a lot of insight as to what led him/her to think the way they thought.

Getting an idea about the different ways the same thing can be looked at helps you in your career as well as in your personal development.

It will make you more innovative, creative, ambitious, knowledgeable, etc.

You must remember that, while looking at a cube from a particular angle, you will only see a square. Only when you adjust yourself and get into someone else’s shoes, can you see the whole cube!

But just having a discussion does not do much good.

A discussion is more informal and tends to blend into another topic and another and another. The issue you are talking about is soon forgotten and there has been no value addition.

When you argue based on a particular topic, you are putting those points forward which makes your belief right, while the person you are arguing with puts his points forward which makes his belief right.

There might be no right or wrong, but by arguing about it, you have gained insight into so many other things that the other person said, that you might have never even thought about.

This broadens your horizons and you would start developing a much broader mindset, as compared to those who don’t generally argue with anyone.

But all set and done, you need to remember a few things while having an argument. This is because there is a very fine line of difference between constructive and destructive arguments.

It does not take a lot of time for an argument to get ugly and turn into a fight.

The following are a few pointers that you need to bear in mind while having an argument with someone:

  1. Don’t take the argument forward to satisfy your ego and prove yourself right.

    If it is a subjective matter, learn to Agree to Disagree.

    This is very important as it will not affect your relationship with that person and your state of mind will also remain calm.

  2. Always try to close the argument either by respecting each other’s opinions or by reaching a common conclusion.

    Don’t leave it hanging. If there is no definite conclusion, you are very less likely to remember the points that were discussed for future reference.

    So, before moving onto another topic ensure that you close what you were discussing about earlier.

  3. It is OK to be Wrong.

    While arguing with someone you might realize that you were completely wrong about some facts.

    However, most of the times, instead of admitting their mistake people continue to argue. By doing this, you are defeating the very purpose of the argument.

    If you are trying to prove a fact that is most certainly incorrect, you are only wasting time.

    Instead you should admit your mistake and carry the discussion forward.

    Everyone makes mistakes, you don’t have to feel ashamed or defeated while admitting your mistake.

  4. Don’t get Angry with the person you are arguing.

    You need to understand that everyone is entitled to their own opinion. The objective of an argument is to gain a different perspective on the same topic.

    There is no reason to get irritated or angry, because when you do your state of mind is getting disturbed and your mind will start moving in the direction of trying to prove yourself right.

    Moreover, the relationship you have with the person you are arguing might also become strained.

    So, Try to Keep Calm and focus on the benefits of the argument.

#02 Improves Communication between Individuals

Arguments are a great way to improve and close the communication gap between two individuals.

There are various studies that suggest that siblings that fight and argue often are more likely to have a strong and healthy relationship in the future.

When you argue with someone not only do you get a different perspective, you also get an insight into the way that person thinks.

In this way, you will get to know him/her better.

Moreover, there are various non-verbal cues that you might notice while arguing with a person.

For example, if a person starts looking down while arguing, it means he/she accepts that they might be wrong and what you are saying makes much more sense.

These non-verbal cues are again going to improve your communication (other than the argument) with that particular person.

Arguments are also a form of communication. And to build and develop any relationship, the most important aspect is always communication.

People often tend to have this stereotype in their mind that if a couple or if two people are arguing, they might be having issues in their relationship.

On the other hand, it might just be a simple disagreement.

You might have heard this phrase quite often;
“Fighting only brings you closer”

Well, that is definitely true.
All age-old sayings always have a deep meaning and truth in them, just like the above phrase.

The more you argue, the more you come closer since you know how the opposite person thinks, how he/she reacts to certain situations, their likes, dislikes, etc.

#03 Your Speaking skills will improve

Arguing Might Actually Be Good for You

It does not matter how much I emphasize it, but as humans, we are kind of made in such a way that we feel like we have to win an argument.

Well, as the saying goes, “If you cannot defeat your enemy, befriend it”.

Let’s try to benefit from this ‘winning every argument’ mindset as well.

When we want to win an argument, we are bound to put the most logical and impressive points on the table in a skillful way.

Thus, arguing improves your speaking skills as well, to a great extent.

That is why you need to argue with people more often.

This might not sound right to you, but go back to the table of contents and look at all the benefits that arguments have.

You just need to remember two things:

  1. Don’t make it an Ego issue    and
  2. Avoid becoming angry and agitated

Now, some of you might say that you are not a speaker or a teacher, or an orator, and improving speaking skills will not be of much use.

Hold on right there, folks.

If you think only teachers or entrepreneurs or salesmen need training for speaking skills, THINK AGAIN.

We live in a world where for us to get anything done we need to COMMUNICATE.

There are different forms of communication, you could communicate by sign language, expressions, non-verbal cues, pictures, etc.

But most certainly you are also going to talk. Almost 75-80% of all communication that happens during your day would be by actually speaking to another person.

In order to get your point across to the opposite person, you need to sharpen your speaking skills.

If you notice that what you are speaking and what is being interpreted by the other person is different, there is definitely a cause for concern.

But don’t worry, you don’t have to join any expensive course to practice your speaking skills.

You just need to do one simple thing,

“Speak more Often”

The best way to do this is to communicate and talk to new people every day.

And when you communicate, there are bound to be a difference of opinion on certain topics.

This would then lead to an argument which will again help you improve your thought process and of course your communication skills.

It is also important to make a conscious effort to put valid points across, during an argument.

Many a time, it so happens that in the pursuit of wanting to win the argument, people often:

  1. Talk in a Loud Voice          or
  2. Keep repeating the same thing over and over again thus not letting the other person talk       or
  3. Bring emotions in the middle and try to win sympathy          or
  4. Storm out of the room          or
  5. Get physical

If you do any of the above things, it is time to STOP now!

It is neither you, nor it is helping anyone else. The only thing you are bringing to the table is,
Entertainment for the spectators of the fight.

So, learn to channelize your emotions and also practice having arguments without doing any of the above-mentioned things so that you can utilize the benefits of arguing rather than seeing it in a negative way.

#04 You Learn to resolve conflicts

Like I mentioned before, try to close all arguments with a definite conclusion.

Only one of two things could have happened:

  1. You have either agreed to disagree           or
  2. Both of you have reached a compromise (a win-win, basically)

Closing the argument will help you make the most out of all the benefits discussed above.

Most importantly, you will learn to resolve conflicts.

And if you are a professional working in the industry, you would know how important conflict resolution is.

All companies have conflict resolution teams in place so that any disagreement or fight or argument can be timely resolved in order to maintain a cordial working space.

This conflict resolution that you learn through participating in and closing out arguments will also help you in your personal life.

When you live with your family or your spouse, there are many fights that take place. This does not mean that the people in that family or the couple does not love each other.

Any given individual would find it difficult to adjust with any other given individual. This is the cause of almost all fights.

But, since you are a master conflict resolver, these fights can quickly be resolved without hurting your relationship with the other.

In closing, I would like to say that, try to change your mindset about arguing and start taking all arguments as a learning lesson for you to become a better version of yourself 😉

That is it from me.

I hope you found this article helpful, let me know in the comments section below how you have been able to resolve the arguments you have had.

Still, thinking about improving your speaking skills? Check out the following articles:

  1. How to prepare for Group Discussions
  2. 6 Amazing Tips for making an Impactful Presentation

We’ll meet again, with another insightful article.

Until then, Happy Reading 😊