At a time when views seem to be starkly divided, it can be useful to understand how to defuse an argument and disagree effectively. According to psychologists, a good first step is to consider whether someone views issues in isolation or as part of a wider picture of connected concepts – understanding which can make it easier to come at things from the same perspective. Research also shows the benefits of evidence over emotion, with fact-based arguments more likely to persuade. Finally, active listening and mutual respect can help conversations remain productive, even if you agree to disagree.