Not once in a thousand times will one woman convince another in an argument, and the benefits you get if you do convince the other lady will not compensate you for the waste of energy expended on the other nine hundred and ninety-nine times when your efforts failed.
You convince a woman against her will and ahe is of the same opinion still.
There is a mighty lot of difference between argument and reason. You may accomplish more by dividing your case into one or two good reasons and telling your adversary that you will not argue the case, but you will let her look at these reasons, and when she takes it up logically you will have no fear of her conclusion, for truth must triumph.
While argument itself is a footless proposition, it is infinitely more so if your argument is with those of less mental calibre than your own, for by the law of compensation, in proportion as a woman is ignorant, she makes up in perversity and lack of analytical ability.
Do not stoop to contend with those who have no standing, mentally, morally or physically. It is a waste of time.
If it is your purpose to change a women's opinion, do not try to do it by argument. Study the ground carefully. State your points with preciseness, make careful analysis of every phase of the situation, take up the matter point by point. Start with your adversary by getting on ground on which you both will agree.
Take up the points on which there can be little chance for differences of opinion. You will find the other woman will get in the habit of agreeing with your propositions and that her antagonism weakens. State facts that are right and truthful, and are so plain that the truth will be self-evident.
After you have made several propositions on which the other woman agrees with you wholly, then make a proposition that is ninety per cent her way and ten per cent your way. Gradually increase that ten percent until you swing her around so that she sees the truth. She then imagines that she has made the deduction. Remember, you can swing the biggest ship around by a steady, slow, gentle pull. On the other hand a sudden strain on the hawser would produce no effect whatever on the ship.
The woman who wishes to convert another to her way of thinking must be a diplomat if she is to be successful. Do not get excited, keep cool and collected, be sure of your ground, be positive in your
assertions, make the whole matter clear, and use good judgment, sound reason and clear logic.
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