CIU Psychology professor offers holiday tips on handling awkward dinner conversations

How to have happier Thanksgiving conversations.

CIU Psychology professor offers holiday tips on handling awkward dinner conversations

CIU Psychology professor offers holiday tips on handling awkward dinner conversations

How to have happier Thanksgiving conversations.

November 23, 2021

Keeping peace around the dinner table can be a challenge during the holiday season. That’s why the local media called on a professor from the Columbia International University Psychology program for some advice.

WLTX TV in Columbia visited campus to talk to Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. Paula K. Whitaker about how to handle those sometimes contentious and awkward moments, especially at holidays such as Thanksgiving.

"We have so many things that divide us and this year we have pandemic related issues with vaccinations and masks, so try to steer the conversation toward things that you all enjoy and to some extent, agree upon, the things that you have in common.” Whitaker told reporter Rachel Ripp.  And if it's too hard to talk then I definitely encourage people to take some action. Get out there and do things that you enjoy together."

See the full report “How to handle those awkward Thanksgiving conversations” from the WLTX “Friends at Five” newscast.

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Dr. Paula Whitaker

Dr. Paula Whitaker