Argument. You’re doing it wrong.

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Hello from pre-DPT curriculum land,

The #PTBT has been working hard back at the academics this semester and is attempting to maintain posts on-the-regular.  Stephen is busy as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the program, and Spencer and I are just messing around reading articles about Dry Needling, Manual Therapy, Acupuncture and Chiropractic… while we’re supposed to be studying.

We have been discussing the future of the field, the future of our own practices and a bunch of things that I’m sure dominated every student’s thoughts towards the end of school, namely: comps, boards, money, residency, setting, etc.  That being said, if left to our own devices, we eventually gravitate back to talking about the more divisive topics that exist out there.  We have read many discussions, editorials and expert opinions.  We have looked on social media, listened to podcasts, read blogs and listened in on conversations around the halls here in school.   We often observe (and participate in?!) arguments.  Some good, some bad.

We primarily see people talking past each other.  We see correct statements made, and correct statements returned, but neither heard the other.

The flaw is as follows: Your beliefs are correct, but your interpretation of mine are poor.  For example:  you think that my argument is false.  The way you interpreted my argument: you are right–, but you did not understand/interpret my argument correctly… so here we are.  What a wonderful argument! Everyone is right!

To date there are many that have discussed how to solve this.  Re-framing the other’s statement / position better than they could themselves is a start.  It shows you listened and understand them.  Then state your case.  To be honest, it cannot be said better than in this piece by Steven Novella at NeuroLogica Blog – How to Argue. It may seem lengthy, but it is well written and comprehensive. Kyle Ridgeway, PT, DPT wrote a nice post about it also, at PTthinktank.com – Agree to disagree the less wrong way. ANd yes, here is a PTBT post about to convey information – Words Have Meaning.

The best way to progress is through conversation and discourse.  I started the Journal Club here at school not to read articles, but to have debate and discussion.  That is how learning takes place.  Keep in mind that superior advancements are made through healthy argument, it’s part of the process.

Anyone disagree?!

Matt D

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