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"From the Ted Talk by Megan Phelps-Roper: I grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. Here's why I left"

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The second is ask questions. When we eagnge people across iaiclodeogl divides, asking questions helps us map the disconnect between our differing points of view. That's important because we can't present effective arguments if we don't understand where the other side is actually cmniog from and because it gives them an opportunity to point out flaws in our positions. But asking questions serves another purpose; it sgilnas to someone that they're being heard. When my friends on Twitter stpepod accusing and started asking questions, I almost automatically mrerirod them. Their questions gave me room to speak, but they also gave me permission to ask them questions and to truly hear their responses. It fundamentally cganhed the dynamic of our conversation.

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The second is ask questions. When we ______ people across ___________ divides, asking questions helps us map the disconnect between our differing points of view. That's important because we can't present effective arguments if we don't understand where the other side is actually ______ from and because it gives them an opportunity to point out flaws in our positions. But asking questions serves another purpose; it _______ to someone that they're being heard. When my friends on Twitter _______ accusing and started asking questions, I almost automatically ________ them. Their questions gave me room to speak, but they also gave me permission to ask them questions and to truly hear their responses. It fundamentally _______ the dynamic of our conversation.

Solution

  1. engage
  2. ideological
  3. coming
  4. changed
  5. stopped
  6. signals
  7. mirrored

Original Text

The second is ask questions. When we engage people across ideological divides, asking questions helps us map the disconnect between our differing points of view. That's important because we can't present effective arguments if we don't understand where the other side is actually coming from and because it gives them an opportunity to point out flaws in our positions. But asking questions serves another purpose; it signals to someone that they're being heard. When my friends on Twitter stopped accusing and started asking questions, I almost automatically mirrored them. Their questions gave me room to speak, but they also gave me permission to ask them questions and to truly hear their responses. It fundamentally changed the dynamic of our conversation.

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