Here’s How to Heal Relationships Broken by the Strains of ElectionBy Audri Taylors
A lot of professional and personal relationships have been compromised and have been strained as conservatives and liberals fought with one another for this year's election.
According to a research by the Pew Research Center, roughly one fifth of the population have blocked, hidden or unfriended someone due to misunderstandings and disagreements in their political views and standing. And seven percent of respondents to a survey conducted was reported to have ended their relationships with others over the recent presidential election, according to Monmouth University Poll.
While it is natural to seek for support and comfort from friends and family who shared the same political beliefs and views, it is just as important to re-evaluate and save relationships with the people you had disagreements with.
Here are some questions you can ask yourself to determine if a broken relationship is still worth saving.
1. How do you feel about your loved ones who had different views and choices when it comes to politics? What do you think is the status of your relationship with them now? Would you wish for your relationships with these people to become better? If yes, how far can you go and how willing are you to work for it?
2. Did this election create the division in your political beliefs or it just revealed something that has already been existing? Learning about the existing views and stand of your friends and family members earlier could have made this election at least a little bit better when it comes to relationships.
3. Is your friend or a loved one willing to work with you to restore and save the relationship? When you decide to heal a relationship, the other party should be willing too. If both parties would be able to understand each other's concerns, it will be easier to come to an agreement.
4. Is it worth saving or is it time to just let it go and walk away? You have to acknowledge and embrace the possibility that the other party isn't really willing to work on a reconciliation with you. If you realize that this is the case for you, you might need to leave the relationship or adjust to how the relationship has turned out.
There are no right or wrong approaches to deal with these issues with your loved ones but what's important is that you stand your ground and stand by your beliefs and principles without hurting or offending others, nor expecting them to change to adjust to your needs.