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Mending 2016’s political rifts between loved ones

Siblings share a wishbone at family dinner.
Siblings share a wishbone at family dinner.
Katherine Streeter for NPR

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Politics and religion have long been conversation red flags.

But this election year, the former may be unavoidable, especially after this past weekend’s revelations. And discussions around Trump and Clinton are filled with a plenty of ammunition to create friction between loved ones.

Trump has his “locker room talk” and Clinton has her email debacles. And let’s not forget third-party candidate and Bernie supporters.

Maybe you’ve had a fight with a parent, child, sibling or cousin over a candidate, or you just want to try and understand their point of view, or be understood. With an outpouring of negativity in the final weeks of the presidential campaign, how do you have a civil conversation with family members who’ve chosen the enemy?

Larry speaks to professor of social work, Geoffrey Greif, on ways to mend the rift with family members despite political differences.


Geoffrey L. Greif, Ph.D., Professor of Social Work, University of Maryland; Co-author, “Adult Sibling Relationships” (Columbia University Press; Dec. 2015)