Our desire for leadership has developed through time. And what better evidence could there be that you are in the driver’s seat than having the proper point of view? Because of this, we like arguing and trying to prove something to our opponent, even if we are well aware that the arguments will not likely result in a victory.
You may be right even though you are in a losing situation and your opponent has the truth on their side. There are many methods to give an opponent a bitter taste of victory or even to persuade him that he is wrong while he is correct. The majority of these approaches are indeed dishonest, but when it comes to settling a disagreement, any measures will do.
1. Make use of arguments that are hard to prove
People who are “drowned” in arguments often mistake referring to well-known facts when they are in a weak position, which may be bad for their case. This can be easily verified and argued against. However, a highly “dirty” tactic may be used, and that is the use of rethought facts from hard-to-reach sources, such as from literature written in another language or wholly made-up arguments. Both of these are examples of “dirty” tricks. If the opponent is just an average person, it is quite doubtful that they have read all of the works, such as those written by Einstein. As a result, they will not be able to respond to your “argument” in an understandable way since they are not familiar with it.
2. Your goal should be to get your opponent upset
Suppose you’re starting to feel like you’re going to lose an argument; attempt to find ways to upset your opponent. As he loses his cool, his arguments will get foggier, and they may even become more personal at a certain point. You will be able to catch him here and make him feel embarrassed about what he said and that he acted in a manner that was either uncivilized or ridiculous. When someone loses their anger, they usually do not want to carry on the argument anymore. Even if their arguments appeared good, others around him would soon forget it against the backdrop of an emotional collapse. Because a spike of emotions is instantly coupled with the admission of a mistake, all that he stated previously is rendered null and void due to this.
3. Just don’t admit you’re wrong
The most desirable thing for many people in arguments is to hear that the opponent is wrong, even if he did not say it directly. Even if your arguments fail, don’t admit you’re wrong. Let them consider you a stubborn ram, but on the other hand, the person who won the argument will not receive the same pleasure from victory as if you admitted the loss. Just keep insisting on your own, and then the opponent will not want to continue the discussion, even with a hundred more arguments in store.
4. Provide a summary of the statements made by the opponent
In each disagreement, sooner or later, one of the parties will start using more solid arguments, trying to strike on details. This is a problem since it makes the problem more difficult to resolve. If you believe that you will lose the argument, you should try to generalize his comments as much as possible so that the topic that sparked the disagreement may be more easily challenged. It will help change the whole argument of the opponent to something that, for instance, does not match the widely recognized standards of society.
5. Drive gradually toward your goal
It is unethical to argue from the perspective of trying to move the goal ahead since this might enrage or upset the person you are debating with. Instead, you should slowly bring him to the truth by feeding him truthful information in little doses. It is quite unlikely that he would challenge a basic reality. You may gradually lead your opponent to a false conclusion by providing a few peripheral points supporting your idea. When you do this, he will no longer be able to assert with the same level of confidence that his view is, in fact, the right one.
6. Put your opponent in the position by asking them the same question in various ways
If you have ever taken a detailed psychological test, even just once, you have probably noticed that it contains several questions about the same topic but sounds different from one another. This is because detailed psychological tests are designed to assess various psychological factors, which is done to catch the person being interviewed being dishonest.
If you find yourself on the losing side of a debate, you may employ the same strategy. It’s best practice to ask questions similar to one another after some time has passed, rather than in quick succession. When you hear even the slightest mistake compared to the prior response, you have the opportunity to launch an attack and show your opponent that he is being dishonest in his judgements, even if he is not being dishonest.
7. You should interpret the topic in a manner that is suitable for you
If you want to get out of an argument quickly, one of the quickest ways to do it is to attempt to redirect the conversation in a new direction. It would help if you stylishly executed this so that it unfolds in a balanced manner. It would help if you moved your opponent to the side where you have more information by leading them there with small steps, and once you get him there, you can begin to smash him with all of your strength. In this situation, you have a good chance of winning the argument that is already taking place in your field.