Logical thinking 8 Compromise or no compromise

Two women decide not to compromise

This lesson will focus on compromising or not compromising when necessary.

Introduction: 

Sometimes a compromise may be necessary; sometimes it's better to stand your ground. We'll practice making a good compromise and deciding when not to compromise. 

Warm Up: 

Vanessa said that special toning shoes give the wearer more exercise compared with regular shoes, but her well-read friend Caleb said that this claim had been debunked and proven false. Another friend offered a compromise, saying that the shoes give more exercise to some people, but not to everyone.

Is their friend correct? Is a compromise acceptable in this case?

Language: 

When is it acceptable to compromise, and when is it better to not compromise?

Here are some phrases you can use to compromise. Are they flexible or inflexible?

  1. I see your point. However, don't you think ...
  2. Well, the fact of the matter is...
  3. Ok, I see what you're getting at, but...
  4. I'm afraid that's not true. Remember ...
  5. I understand what you're saying, but ...
  6. I get what you're saying, but actually...
  7. I guess we're just going to have to agree to disagree.
Practice: 

In each situation, decide if a compromise is acceptable or not, and if so, how much you're willing to compromise. Your instructor will start each practice.

1. Person A wants to buy Shape-Up shoes with a rounded sole to get more exercise.
    Person B has read a study stating there is no evidence to support the claim that you get more
    exercise with a rounded sole. 

2. Person A really wants to eat soba.
    Person B really wants to eat ramen.

3. Person A always avoids eating MSG for health reasons.
    Person B has read a study saying there is no evidence that MSG causes health problems.

4. Person A states that Napoleon Bonaparte was very, very short.
    Person B read that Napoleon Bonaparte was not short:

Facts: Napoleon Bonaparte was slightly taller than the average Frenchman of his time. After his death in 1821, the French emperor's height was recorded as 5 feet 2 inches in French feet, which in English measurements is 5 feet 7 inches (1.69 m). Some believe that he was nicknamed le Petit Caporal (The Little Corporal) as a term of affection. Napoleon was often accompanied by the Imperial Guard, who were selected for their height—this could have contributed to a perception that he was relatively short

How about you?

Have you recently disagreed with someone? What happened? Did you compromise?