It is a basic rule of social etiquette to steer clear of topics like politics. You don’t want to incite anger or passion about anything controversial nor do you want to contribute to a confrontational atmosphere, regardless of the setting.

That said, from time to time, it happens. Something slips and we’re left backpedaling or losing faith in someone we thought had the same political ideologies we do. When we do talk politics, we try to stick to the venerable Emily Post’s advice: “Whether you are at the office, actively campaigning, or quietly curious, when pursuing the subject of politics, it is important to consider the setting and the audience before wading into the fray.” Now, because it’s not always possible to be so well-prepared, here are 10 reasons why political talk can ruin your day.

1. Sarcasm Stings
Political talk often elicits responses of condescension and sarcasm. Whether you’re dishing it out or are the victim of someone else lashing out, it hurts and might even leave a mark on the relationship forever.

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