Arguing Constructively

Dates: April 5, 2023

Meets: W from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Location: Akron Campus, Polsky Building 425

Course Fee: $225.00

There are still openings remaining at this time.

Arguing Constructively: Understanding Differences Between Constructive and Destructive Communication Style

When involved in a conflict, do you find that "things get out of hand" and the conflict episode degenerates into hostility, name calling, put-downs, and other forms of destructive communication? Do you dislike arguing or have trouble generating effective arguments when you need them?
In this program, you will discover how motivated you are to argue and how predisposed you are to engage in verbally aggressive behavior. Distinctions between "constructive" and "destructive" aggressive communication behavior will be explained. Participants will learn a method which will help them to develop more and better arguments they can use in any situation, or with any person. Several techniques will be presented that will help participants deliver arguments in a more positive and affirming way. Methods of reducing the tendency to engage in verbally aggressive behavior will also be presented

Fee: $225.00

Akron Campus, Polsky Building 425

The University of Akron
Polsky Building
225 S. Main Street
Akron, OH 44325

Andrew S. Rancer Ph.D.

I am Professor Emeritus in the School of Communication at The University of Akron. I have been teaching a variety of communication courses (e.g., Persuasion, Training Methods in Communication, Nonverbal Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Communication Research, Communication Theory) to undergraduate students, graduate students, and adult learners and trainees for over 40 years.
I am the co-author of six books, numerous book chapters, and dozens of articles in professional and scholarly journals. My books, book chapters, and articles focus largely on how to engage in constructive conflict and avoid destructive conflict by understanding argumentative and aggressive communication styles people exhibit during interpersonal and relational conflict.


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