The Power of Courtesy: How Respect Transforms Conflict

Simple Acts of Consideration Are Key to Defusing Tension and Finding Common Ground

A Grain of Salt | ElbyJames
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3 min readFeb 24, 2024

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When you’re polite and show good manners others are more likely to be polite and courteous in return. Photo by Priscilla Du Preez 🇨🇦 on Unsplash

Imagine you’re embroiled in a heated argument with someone. Voices are rising, tensions are high. Now picture this — your opponent takes a deep breath, gives you full attention, and speaks calmly without insults or aggression.

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A Grain of Salt | ElbyJames
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ElbyJames is an American disabled combat vet exiled in the UK & a free speech absolutist. He’s an occasional Top Writer