We all get into arguments we have difficulty winning. You may have even found yourself entering an argument you know, for a fact, you can’t really win. You may even discover that the point you’re arguing is completely invalid, but that’s no reason to stop arguing. You can’t lose arguments. Only losers lose arguments. Even if you’re wrong you can win the argument by redirecting, tying in disassociated facts, and using personal insults to get inside your opponent’s head. Oh, sure, it’s dirty pool, but it’ll save you the embarrassment of saying “I’m sorry, you’re right.” Nobody wants to deal with that. To aide your in your next futile debate, we’re providing you with ten counter-arguments to prove your opponent wrong, even if they’re technically “right.”
Accuse the other person of “making it personal.”
“You never really liked me anyway!” Make it personal, by accusing them of making it personal. Redirect your opponent by acting incredibly hurt. If they’re compassionate or empathetic, they will no doubt indulge you and become so distracted, you can formulate a better response while they spin their wheels.
Pull the race/gender/nationality card.
“You think I’m stupid because I’m Caucasian!”
“You think I’m stupid because I’m a woman!”
“You think I’m stupid because I’m Romanian!”
Real easy way to stop anyone in their tracks. Make them backpedal for a while, then try and figure out how you’re going to prove your real argument.
Remind them that they are wrong about other things on a regular basis.
“You were wrong about that other thing that other time!” When you’re really in a jam, just bring up the other persons horrible track record. Remind them of every other thing they were ever wrong about, and use that information to show that they can not be trusted.
Make a wild, completely unfounded accusation.
“Oh yeah? Well you blow cigarette smoke into the faces of toddlers!” No real reason, just something to jar onlookers and shift the majority of them to your side. Your opponent will feel attacked and try to recall if they’ve ever, in fact, blown smoke in a baby’s face. Their stammering will give you the upper hand just long enough to move in for the kill.
Insult your opponent using irrelevant personal information.
If you’re arguing with someone you’ve known well for a long time, ask them why they refuse to take their shirt off before going swimming, or why they’re always covering their mouth when they talk. Stunning your opponent by forcing them to switch gears mentally will give you the perfect advantage, and it might get a good laugh from any onlookers.