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Debaters make better spouses: Does debate affect people's behavior in a positive way?

  • Yes, debating skills probably help relationships.

    When one is on a debating team, one learns to listen for the opinions of other people before speaking one's own opinions. Skills such as listening and phrasing one's arguments in a positive light while still sticking to one's guns on certain topics is probably a good way to face disagreements that will arise in marriage.

  • Yes, debaters make better spouses.

    I think that those who are willing to think critically, and defend their ideas, do better in relationships. Of course, an obnoxious person who is always right, or a person who is always compliant, both make less engaging spouses. But those who will debate with an open mind, even willing to defend a stance they don't personally espouse, would make better companions.

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