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When are disagreements a good thing? When are they a bad thing?

Try to answer both questions by completing these sentences:

"Disagreements are a good thing when..." (can you think of situations when disagreements are good?)

Disagreements are a bad thing when..." (can you think of situations when disagreements are bad?)

You can talk about specific situations or be more general but remember to not talk about anything personal, sensitive or that may upset someone reading it.

Keep your answer to just one paragraph.

The best answers will clearly outline different situations and be original - and not writing the same ideas that other people have already written.

Comments (34)

  • British Council.jpg pioneering_wilddog | Jabalia Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    02 Dec 2021

    Well, there are many cases where disagreements can be good, but before I mention them. I would like to remind you (dear reader), that disagreements do not literally mean quarrels and fights. There are differences of opinions, and there are differences of tastes. You cannot find two people who are alike in everything. And this is from the kinds of good disagreement , because it's make us make us more informed and aware of their way of thinking.
    On the other hand, disagreements can be bad, and this often happens in life, such as disputes over material things and the like, and this is a bad thing because it will lead to major problems.

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      pioneering_wilddog's comment 02 Dec 2021

      This is a very interesting distinction, thanks pioneering_wilddog.

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  • British Council.jpg wondrous_flight | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    02 Dec 2021

    Disagreements are good when you increase ideas and develop opinions on the other party, and when disagreement is over something worthy, the other opinion is developed and its information is increased.
    Disagreements are bad when they occur between countries, and social relations are affected by us, which leads to the deterioration of the economic situation in countries.

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  • British Council.jpg wondrous_flight | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    02 Dec 2021

    Disagreements are a good thing when they are a difference of opinion, because the disagreement should not be a fight, it can be a disagreement over something moral, and this is good because it develops public opinion and strengthens the feeling about the person.
    Disagreements are a bad thing when they are over a material thing that is not worthy of dispute and that it does not benefit in anything. This may be a reason for destroying the love and friendship between people among us that leads to the destruction of the state like the Abbasid state.

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  • British Council.jpg elated_vegetable | Jabalia Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    02 Dec 2021

    Disagreements are agood thing when it reaches results that lead to conflict resolution, unifying opinions, respecting the opinions of others, and when they are far from personal interests and giving priority to the interest of society.
    Also , disagreements are a bad thing when it leads to conflict, violence and discrimination.

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  • British Council.jpg smart_glacier | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    02 Dec 2021

    The difference in opinion is constructive when the difference gives new ideas that everyone agrees on to give the opportunity to agree on a particular idea
    On the other hand, the difference is destructive when the difference is intransigent and aims at personal interests

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  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    02 Dec 2021

    I think that differences have positive aspects, but disagreements have negative aspects rather than positive ones

    Disagreement highlights the character of a person, its hidden aspects, and if it is possible to say disagreement highlights the true personality of a person
    Because it is possible to disagree, this is normal and good for me. But to disagree means that we do not have a dialogue or discussion of understanding and consensus. Each of us drags the ropes towards him and is intolerant of his opinion and idea. The result is the loss of each other and the degrees of disagreement change according to the wisdom and understanding of the two parties, so they can succeed and reach Disagreement leads to safety without problems, and they can end with long-term quarrels, hatred, and situations in which the differences are good, such as the interference of the parents between the spouses, for example, if the husband works his wife worse, then the parents interfere and make the husband understand a mistake. Parental controversy and the difference of fathers and mothers affect the minds of their children

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  • British Council.jpg independent_technology | Jabalia Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    02 Dec 2021

    (Since you did not specify the type of dispute, that is, it is on the individual or society, so I will talk about the individual in his normal life)

    Disagreements are a good thing: in my opinion, disagreements are a good thing, that is, through disagreements, the individual determines his opinion of something or clarifies his idea through his disagreement...
    Disagreement enhances people's creativity, encouraging them to seek new information and perspectives....

    Disagreement is a bad thing: when the disagreement deepens, meaning that this person does not accept what that person said, and this contradicts the opinion of that person, it could be a problem....
    The individual may feel a sense of discomfort, difficulty in interaction, loss of confidence, increased interpersonal conflict, lack of communication and solidarity....

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    1. British Council.jpg impartial_lute | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
      independent_technology's comment 03 Dec 2021

      How can we reduce the negative effects of conflict on the individual and society??

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    2. British Council.jpg healthy_antelope | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
      independent_technology's comment 06 Dec 2021

      If the disagreements really help clarify the idea, isn't that a good move? But why are there different opinions in some governments resulting from the different objectives being a factor in the weakness of the government and negatively affecting the people? For example, if we were in the Council of Ministers and one presented his opinion and the other opposed it, and the two refused to believe the other’s theory because each of them had a purpose in choosing his point of view and taking it with complete conviction, And this matter will be repeated by the rest of the remaining members of the Council, and this is how it is,Little by little, there will be disagreements and hatred between them, which will make it difficult for them to make a decision, and one of the most important evidence of what I am saying is that disagreements do not clarify ideas, but rather create intellectual debates that are not taken as a debate but as a battle,Where when Victor Hugo explained in Les Miserables how Marius' grandfather fought with Marius only because he supported a different opinion of people from his grandfather's opinion on the subject of the ruler of the state! And also the relationship between the government and the people, Where when the people of Paris were in a demonstration against the ruler, the army killed them and fought them only because they protested against the government and their opinion differed about the concept of living they wanted

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  • British Council.jpg majestic_moon | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    03 Dec 2021

    Disagreements are good when they are about a cultural issue. Everyone has their own opinion. For example, when my friends and I are at school and we disagree about answering some questions. Here, ideas are exchanged, and this is good. Here, disagreements are good, and disagreements are bad when there are two parties that are strong and used. Weapons here, the differences are bad, for example, wars, which are the biggest example, whose victims are innocent people. Here, the differences are bad

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  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    03 Dec 2021

    In the weekly competition that you posted about something new, I commented on it, but one of you asked me a question, can I answer it?

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      appreciative_pear's comment 03 Dec 2021

      Yes, answering a question does not count as entering the competition for a second time.

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  • British Council.jpg compassionate_explanation | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    03 Dec 2021

    I will talk about this issue for me, and from my point of view, disagreement is a good thing when it is for the exchange of information and experiences between people who are able to accept the opinions of others and are less emotional and used as a means of communication. Opinions and points of view in a peaceful manner, and each of them begins to acquire new opinions, new points of view, and new information.
    Disagreement is a bad thing when it is about a fateful thing. Here, the dispute is a bad thing, and the two people differ. Their non-acceptance of each other’s views or each other’s opinions may lead to making destructive and bad decisions because of a disagreement or a moment of emotion and anger, and he cannot undo this decision or when it is Among people who are unable to accept the opinions of others and are closed to their own opinion and consider it always correct

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  • Cheam Fields logo articulate_rock | Cheam Fields Primary Academy A | United Kingdom
    03 Dec 2021

    After thinking for a long time, I have come to a decision that disagreements are a good thing because you can understand other people's points of view and the perspectives and opinions.
    However, they are also a bad thing because people can get cross with each other and their relationship might fall apart. (Potentially)

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  • British Council.jpg splendid_fruit | Jabalia Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    03 Dec 2021

    I think that disagreement is a good thing because disagreement highlights the character of a person....and its hidden sides....if it is possible to say...disagreement sheds light on a person's true personality, and difference helps to know the weaknesses and the location of the defect as well as the place of strength, in the scientific difference the energies grow. Capabilities erupt in a positive atmosphere. As for the difference in interests over the gains, conflicts, ruptures and settling accounts prevail, as differing opinions and ideas are discretionary, enriching access to the right and the optimal solution to any crisis or any problem, whatever its type and size. Because great, enlightened and wise minds do not produce a collective decision except with evidence and elicit and weigh and outweigh the public interest, so difference is a double-edged sword that has positives and also has negatives if we are not judges (the difference is not always good) and this is an example of it (two people were walking on the seashore, so they saw a person drowning and they can help him by throwing the baton, but now two people still differ in opinion, someone says don't help him that my stinger is dear to my heart, and someone says he doesn't have time, he died, let's save him It increases our culture and our expansion in life.

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  • British Council.jpg dynamic_bilberry | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    03 Dec 2021

    I see that the differences take the good and the bad sides, but the disagreement is rarely good, which leads to a solution to the conflict. Most of the differences are negative and return to harm. This is what we see of international and global conflicts .

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  • British Council.jpg fulfilled_peach | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    04 Dec 2021

    There are many differences in which disagreements can be good. But before I mention it, I would like to remind you (dear reader) that differences have great merits and an influential role in life for the individual and society. The dispute may one day be a reason for salvation. The differences were not limited to states, but were enveloped in the components of society such as parties. Disagreements do not mean fighting . There is a difference of tastes and a difference of opinions. When the disagreement is something worthy, the other opinion is developed and its information increases.

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  • British Council.jpg genuine_memory | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    04 Dec 2021

    Disagreements are a good thing when a person wants to return his property to him, but those responsible for providing these needs do nothing about it, for example, importhing the rights that we were deprived of. Disagreements are a bad thing when there are material, financial and physical choices, such as bullying others, for example, differences between brothers when lnheritance and distribution of Large finacial amounts, then when disagreements are a very bad thing .

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  • British Council.jpg healthy_antelope | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    05 Dec 2021

    Disagreements are a good thing when you reject societal injustice, for example, when the writer Victor Hugo rejected the societal injustice ,This is how he clarified the situation of societal corruption and made the entire state turn to his art and creativity in describing this situation through his book Les Misérables, And about myself, it affected me very much, as the story of Jean Valjean in order to reject the idea of ​​living under the accusation that he did it out of the motive of filling his stomach so that hunger would not kill him forever, but rather he tried to atone for his mistake,And he helped many people who were in the same condition! And of course this affected others, and this is how this wonderful creation spread in society and fixed some aspects of societal disintegration

    Another position on feminist activists in the twentieth century, where they rejected the hostile male thought that was against women's work in the government, but the matter was not accepted, and they organized demonstrations and supported women to have their voice heard


    Disagreements are bad when you disrespect and reject the opinion of the other party and respond in a way that hurts and insults the other party,Where, for example, if we were to talk about a specific topic, which is the current situation in your country from a moral point of view, you will find different opinions about the matter and also opinions against the other, and this will cause disintegration in the local community
    Also, for example, there are people who criticize Dostoevsky and say Oriol cares more about social issues than Dostoevsky, and this dispute causes quarrels and it is a trivial matter that does not deserve to be discussed,Because indeed, every writer has his own literature, his own writing style, and his themes that characterize them, where disagreements are a bad thing, as they are over trivial matters in which comparisons between people occur.

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    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      healthy_antelope's comment 06 Dec 2021

      Well done for giving both sides of the argument and thank you for bringing in your personal perspective!

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  • British Council.jpg imaginative_starfish | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    06 Dec 2021

    In the beginning, the differences have a great impact on society, but they differ from the concept of a person to a specific person. Some of them say that the differences are positive and some say that they are negative.
    I would like to clarify something that there is a double-edged sword for everything, which has positives and also there must be negatives

    Positives of differences, I mean, disagreements may be useful when the discussion takes place when something useful, i.e. benefit from the discussion, and also when the individual discusses an important matter and listens to the other (the second party) and takes his point of view into consideration and does not enter as if he is in a war, but rather a discussion between civilized and calm people and taking advice directed concerning The topic being discussed

    As for its downsides, it is when discussing something that is useless, and also the one who discusses knows that he will not work with the advice that he will take from the other side, meaning that the discussion is useless and when there are disputes between countries and the occurrence of wars and massacres and the killing of innocent people who have nothing to do with these disputes and also differences happen a lot in our society Including, for example, the occurrence of disputes between merchants.
    I do not want to sell for this, and I do not want to sell for that, and so on, disputes exist in our daily lives, and the presence of these disputes negatively affects our society, and this is an unpopular phenomenon in our present .
    For those who offend and thus improve our society and our country

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    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      imaginative_starfish's comment 06 Dec 2021

      Thank you for looking at this question from both sides. What do you mean by discussing something that "is useless"?

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      1. British Council.jpg imaginative_starfish | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 06 Dec 2021

        When I said something useless, I meant that it is something that will not be benefited from, meaning that no matter how much this person discusses and he is convinced of his point of view and insists that he does not change it, this is considered a useless discussion.

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  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    06 Dec 2021

    The question is: Are disagreements a good thing or a bad thing?

    I think disagreement is a normal and healthy part of any relationship. Relationships that are not tainted by conflict are definitely artificial and unhealthy. The patient who does not complain about his pain to anyone dies silently and then tastes the bitterness of everyone around him, and whoever does not object to something either does not understand anything or does not care, and in both cases the result will be bad.

    Disagreement is neither a good thing nor a bad thing.. Disagreement is not a problem, the problem is that we see it as a problem, because when we disagree with someone, we quickly encounter an enemy and activates our nervous and psychological systems so that make a choice of three: attack, escape, or the person freezes in place without to do anything.

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg playful_pie | Michael Faraday School | United Kingdom
    07 Dec 2021

    Disagreements can be a good thing because then you can get other ideas from other people so then you can build each other ideas to make a fantastic idea.
    Although, disagreements might be a bad thing because there could be a civil war or a great conflict.
    For example, the Kyle Rittenhouse, people think he should be in jail but also people think that he shouldn't be in jail as he shot the people for self-defence.

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg amazing_opportunity | Michael Faraday School | United Kingdom
    07 Dec 2021

    Disagreements are sometimes a good thing when you might be disagreeing with the other person, and then you both have different points, later on when you are calmer, you might think back the points that the other person has made, and you could learn something valuable from it. Disagreements might also push you to be braver and bolder and it might give you a sense of competition.

    Disagreements are sometimes a bad thing when, let's say, somebody is really convinced that they have the better argument, they might be somehow pushed by the other person's disbelief that they might go on to try and prove the other person wrong, and sometimes it might go wrong and lots of people might be harmed, verbally or physically.

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg jazzed_road | Michael Faraday School | United Kingdom
    07 Dec 2021

    I think disagreement is a good thing because, if everyone in the world have the same opinions on everything, then what is the point of life? I also think that disagreement is a good thing because sometimes you need to disagree a lot and then you will all agree. It can also be a bad thing because like, if you are in a rush and you start arguing and disagreeing, you will waste time so you can just agree on something if its a small thing not like an election etc.

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg rational_snake | Michael Faraday School | United Kingdom
    07 Dec 2021

    Disagreements are a good thing when people have different feelings or opinions because the you can share these feelings and opinions with other people and reason with them. Disagreements can also not be a good thing because they can cause arguments and when people get into arguments its not a good thing and people get divided.

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg compelling_bird | Michael Faraday School | United Kingdom
    07 Dec 2021

    A case when disagreements are appropriate is when everyone agrees and there are no disagreement then we are not different and when we have disagreements we can learn from them and also come up with better ideas instead.
    But a case when disagreements aren't okay is when you are in a fight with someone and it starts getting out of hand so if you disagree too much then it could get too physical. This situation could be a very dangerous situation.

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  • British Council.jpg aware_painting | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    07 Dec 2021

    The dispute is a contradiction in viewpoints and arises as a result of the existence of goals that each one believes is the most correct. The dispute is positive when ideas develop and focus on achieving one goal and positive interaction in work or even ideas. As for the negative of the dispute lies the intellectual control of a person or group and put their ideas strongly without taking into account The opinions of others, and perhaps from the judgment that I am from the Gaza Strip, the biggest example of the negative disagreement is the dispute over power between Fatah and Hamas in the Gaza Strip and the resulting division, psychological and social instability, conflicts and political squabbles to impose each party’s control over the other. The victim lies in the people. As for the leaders in perpetual struggle

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  • British Council.jpg wondrous_flight | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    07 Dec 2021

    I'm going to talk in general about the community


    Disagreement is a good thing when a society develops and takes it to the right side and advances it, and this leads to a good society in which love and friendliness are spread, and this leads to unity.


    Disagreement is a bad thing when society deteriorates and corrupts it and leads to disputes and problems, and this is what prevents its development and progress due to the lack of unity in society.

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  • British Council.jpg secure_cymbals | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    08 Dec 2021

    Disagreements are a good thing from my point of view when you express your opinions without infringing on the freedoms of others. These differences are considered constructive when the dispute is based on realistic points of view. For example, the family is the small nucleus of society when it takes into account the differences in viewpoints between parents and children in sound ways and giving them a space of freedom and expression of opinion It produces normal children who have a place in society who are able to know what they want

    Disagreements are a bad thing when they infringe on the freedom of others and oppress them. For example, there are some peoples who do not deal with disputes in the normal way, but rather deal with opponents or opponents in a dictatorial manner. At that time, repression is the solution they know, while the truth is the year of difference that is able to develop and not persist in a certain position. Disagreement does not spoil friendship

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    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      secure_cymbals's comment 08 Dec 2021

      A balanced answer, secure_cymbals!

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