The Paraphrase Challenge: How to understand what your opponent is saying

Author: David Brin
Book: Disputation Arenas: Harnessing Conflict and Competitiveness

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Start by asking "Did I even understand what just made me angry?" The PARAPHRASE CHALLENGE is a simple way to gain the high ground, or correct mistakes, or calm the waters. It can also help you appear to be the "bigger person" -- more mature and rational. And it can help you understand opponents well enough to win.

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