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Family therapist gives advice on bringing politics to Thanksgivi - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisian

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In what some may call a tense post-election climate, many residents are wondering what will happen when people with different opinions are put at one table to dine.

According to a poll by Meyocks, an advertising agency that works with food, health and agriculture brands, 30 percent of Americans say no to having political discussions at the table.

With protests popping up throughout the country following the election of Donald Trump, some are wondering how to tackle the subject without tackling a family member.

Dr. Bruce McCormick, a family therapist who works with families throughout the ArkLaTex, said holidays, particularly winter holidays, are when many families seek counseling.

“Holidays are known to be stressful periods for family relations. There is the expectation that they are going to be joyous,” McCormick said. “It is a wonderful thing, but sometimes it’s also a recipe for a lot of frustration and we recognized this for a long time.”

On social media, the election was a hot topic with some saying they would unfriend associates with different political views.

Instead of unfriending someone at the dinner table, McCormick said, there are things you could do to help ensure you agree to disagree peacefully.

“If we tend to disagree with respect and take the time to listen and let everyone be heard, it might be a very pleasant exchange. But if feelings are very strong and emotions run very high, if there is much wine on the table, it might be a nice rule to leave religion and politics at home.”

People, however, have mixed feelings.

“We talk about how we are going to get together for the next holiday; and I guess this year, we are going to talk about Donald Trump and Hillary,” Stajanee Martin said.

“We going to discuss it this Thursday,” said Larry Hill, of Shreveport. “Believe that it is going to be discussed.”

Hill said most of his family members share similar political views and he welcomes the discussion to the dinner table.

Mary Lodestro agrees but is not exactly excited to discuss the topic. “I think we are all just a little bit tired of politics because we’ve had so much of it over the last year and a half.

"The subject may come up, you know, and if it does, we’ll probably brush off of it, talk about it a little bit and then move on to topics that are more important.”

Martin believes the discussion will simply ruin the feast. “Not really because it will mess up some people dinner.”

McCormick said there is no 100 percent correct way to handle the topic and, as with most things, it depends on the family and possibly even the meal.

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