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From the Ted Talk by Caitlin Quattromani and Lauran Arledge: How our friendship survives our opposing politics

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CQ: You make it sound so spimle, Lauran. But getting to that place of true dialogue is hard, especially when we're talking about piiltocs. It is so easy to get emotionally fried up about issues that we're passionate about, and we can let our ego get in the way of truly hearing the other person's perspective. And in this crazy political clamtie we're in right now, unfortunately, we're seeing an extreme rueslt of those heated political conversations, to the piont where people are willing to walk away from their relationships. In fact, Rasmussen released a poll earlier this year that said 40 pnceret of people reported that the 2016 election negatively impacted a personal rntiehasloip, and the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience tells us that people tend to feel their way to their beliefs rather than using reasoning, and that when reason and emotion collide, it's emotion that ibnriavlay wins. So no wonder it's hard to talk about these issues.

Open Cloze

CQ: You make it sound so ______, Lauran. But getting to that place of true dialogue is hard, especially when we're talking about ________. It is so easy to get emotionally _____ up about issues that we're passionate about, and we can let our ego get in the way of truly hearing the other person's perspective. And in this crazy political _______ we're in right now, unfortunately, we're seeing an extreme ______ of those heated political conversations, to the _____ where people are willing to walk away from their relationships. In fact, Rasmussen released a poll earlier this year that said 40 _______ of people reported that the 2016 election negatively impacted a personal ____________, and the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience tells us that people tend to feel their way to their beliefs rather than using reasoning, and that when reason and emotion collide, it's emotion that __________ wins. So no wonder it's hard to talk about these issues.

Solution

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  5. simple
  6. politics
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  8. point
  9. invariably

Original Text

CQ: You make it sound so simple, Lauran. But getting to that place of true dialogue is hard, especially when we're talking about politics. It is so easy to get emotionally fired up about issues that we're passionate about, and we can let our ego get in the way of truly hearing the other person's perspective. And in this crazy political climate we're in right now, unfortunately, we're seeing an extreme result of those heated political conversations, to the point where people are willing to walk away from their relationships. In fact, Rasmussen released a poll earlier this year that said 40 percent of people reported that the 2016 election negatively impacted a personal relationship, and the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience tells us that people tend to feel their way to their beliefs rather than using reasoning, and that when reason and emotion collide, it's emotion that invariably wins. So no wonder it's hard to talk about these issues.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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