Argument generally means an angry dispute or disagreement.
Discussion implies a reasonable, civilized expression of opinion.
while argument implies hostility, raised voices etc. Both words
suggest exchange of opposing views and disagreement.
In discussion, both parties express their opinions without getting
emotional. It’s just that they may see things differently.
In an argument, no one wins, while in a discussion, everyone
wins. In an argument, we treat other people as opponents to be
defeated. We draw sides, defend our own positions and attack
the opposition. We are not open to new ideas or the possibility
of changing our opinions. We listen only to find the weaknesses
in the other person’s reasoning. We want to prove the superiority
of our side and the weakness of the other side. Even when we
win an argument, we usually do so by losing a potential ally.
In a discussion, we treat people as partners in a problem-solving
session. We share ideas, consider alternatives and evaluate
the pros and cons. We listen to other people’s thoughts and explore
ideas we haven’t previously considered. We learn more about the
issue, about what we think and feel and about each other’s values.
We seek people’s support, not their resentful silence. We may
passionately disagree with each other but mutual respect keeps
the discussion civil. Discussion is conversation about a topic.
Discussion has a pleasant feeling.
Discussion explores an issue, surfaces multiple points of view
and results in a synthesis of minds that produce outcomes
greater than any single mind can put forth.
Discussion throws more light on any issue.Discussion
ends up in knowing what is right. It accommodates each
Argument is to prove what I believe. Let us always enjoy
discussion and accommodate others genuine ideas.