Rogerian Field Test Discussion

“Share your Rogerian Argument field test. Proceed in this order: 1. First, what was the occasion of the disagreement (context, background)? 2. Second, describe how you employed these four steps of Rogerian argument with your “adversary” (I prefer the term “partner”). Again, here are the steps you must follow during your conversation with the person: a. Summarize the grievance between you and your partner. b. State your partner’s position. Make sure he or she agrees that you’ve stated correctly his/her position. c. Grant the validity of his or her position. [This is the crucial element of the dialogue, as it builds goodwill and a bridge toward resolution. Be sure to state clearly and in detail how much you respect and empathize with your partner’s position.] d. Show how his or her position will be improved if he or she also accepts your position. 3. Finally, how did your partner in the discussion respond? Was the grievance resolved, stayed same, escalated? “

Prof. Angela


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