When it comes to conversations, it's important to be mindful of the topics you bring up. It's best to avoid offensive, uncomfortable, or inappropriate topics, especially when you're just getting to know someone. This can be especially difficult for those living with social anxiety disorder (SAD) or who are more introverted. Politics is a particularly sensitive topic, especially in the current climate.
It's best to avoid discussing politics at all if you're trying to make professional connections or if you're at a family gathering. Even if you have strong opinions on the matter, it's best to keep them to yourself in these situations. The same goes for religion and spirituality. While these may be important aspects of people's lives, it's best not to bring them up in a professional setting.
Religious disagreements can quickly ruin a conversation, so it's best to avoid the topic altogether. When discussing any sensitive topics, it can be helpful to ask yourself “what if it were your daughter, your wife or your sister?” This can help you explore the topic with kindness and empathy while still maintaining a respectful conversation.