active listening

Listen to the other person, paraphrase their points, see if you have heard them well, and ensure they feel heard. There are various slightly different approaches to active listening; it is part of most effective communication techniques.

What does it mean to be a centrist amidst today's partisan brawling?

An awful lot of us are pissed off at partisanship coming from politicians — and our friends.

The ideals of a democracy where we talk to each other and are all trying to make this country better, with different views of how to make the country better, they are failing. The center is not holding.