Steve this is for my blog.
What do you think is the difference between a discussion verses a conversation?
I have my own personal idea, of course.
I think a discussion is a type of conversation. It’s more focused on individual’s ideas that aims to establish where ideas/opinions differ and where they are in common.
The next step from a discussion could be a debate where particular focus is on the differences between ideas.
Where as I think conversation is a higher level and more general exchange of topics which may result in the identification of a topic worth discussing.
Something like that anyway. Btw this exchange I’d describe as a discussion because the question has focused the conversing to a particular topic.
I think that a discussion usually happens when it is initiated by a single person or group.
ie “I think we need to discuss “our” boundaries”, will more than likely end up a one sided discussion with the initiator having the agenda and being far more prepared to argue their needs and desires.
A conversation is far less formal, I think, and more balanced and is more organic.
When it comes to talking about rules of engagement or boundaries, I say that it would be much more productive if it was a conversation and not discussion, making sure that both people are as near as possible equal participants.
Finding a balanced and corresponding partner would make for much more conversation (balanced) rather than the dreaded “discussion” (unbalanced).
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