Q. How do I gracefully get out of a political discussion. Things get pretty heated when discussing politics. I rarely bring up politics, but what should I do when someone starts a political conversation and I want to politely avoid it. I find discussing politics often brings up bad feelings and is very divisive. Thank you.
A. Say just that. “Whoa, I really am interested in your opinions, but I’ve been in too many discussions that became arguments lately when it came to politics, so if it’s okay with you, I’d rather hear your opinion about . . . . whatever is less sensitive a topic. Or, if this doesn’t seem appropriate, excuse yourself from the group and go to the bathroom, or make a telephone call, or whatever is diversionary. If the conversation is still going on with the group, join another, or just remain silent when you return. If the conversation is with just one person, simply say, “I respect your opinion and will have to think about it. In the meantime, what do you think about. . . “