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Focus On Solving Problems Rather Than Winning Arguments

Pick which issues you think need to be confronted, and leave the others alone. You don’t need to fight a battle just because somebody wants to throw a hoe handle down and fight with you. In this episode, Dr. Phil addresses Principle #2 of his ten principles for a healthy society: "Focus On Solving Problems Rather Than Winning Arguments" from his new book, “We’ve Got Issues: How You Can Stand Strong for America’s Soul and Sanity.” Available now: 

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EP213: Focus On Solving Problems Rather Than Winning Arguments

Never forget that when you define any relationship in a "win-lose" framework, that means there is going to be a winner and a loser. But in truth, everyone has lost along the way. -Phillip C. McGraw, Ph.D.


If you're being totally honest with yourself, when you are in conflict with someone you care about, how often are you focused on being right/winning the argument, rather than resolving the problem?


  • Always

  • Very Often

  • Sometimes

  • Never


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Apr 10

I completely agree! It's so important to focus on solving problems rather than getting caught up in arguments. Dr. Phil's Principle #2 is such a valuable reminder for creating a healthy society at my location now


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Apr 03

This post emphasizes the importance of choosing which issues to confront and not engaging in unnecessary battles. It also highlights Dr. Phil's principle of focusing on solving problems rather than winning arguments, which is from his book "We’ve Got Issues: How You Can Stand Strong for America’s Soul and Sanity." The message seems to advocate for a more constructive and solution-oriented approach to societal Contexto challenges.

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