Adversarial Dialogue

Always try to avoid it.  Avoid starting an adversarial dialogue.  But if the other persists and you can’t avoid an adversarial dialogue, you are all-in.  So, as already you are all-in, most tactics are acceptable. First, it’s always about the issue, never the person.  Thus, no Ad-Hominem remarks!  Second, never thrust.  Always parry. Best parry: try to move the other off-message and keep the other there.  Countering questions with questions is often successful.  Finally, try to end adversarial dialogue at the first and every opportunity.  It rarely accomplishes anything.