The 30 Most Common Ways You Can Lose An Argument

While it may be true that nobody actually "wins" an argument — especially certain types — there are still times you want to appear to come out on top. Whether you're having a good-natured debate, or hoping to put someone in their place, you'll want to avoid these 30 guaranteed ways to lose.

This graphic from Curtis Newbold — The Visual Communication Guy — highlights the biggest reasons you could end up looking like a fool in your next bout, including attacking a person's character, or letting your own personal biases get the best of you. The graphic describes the reason first, then names the fallacy it belongs to, and finally give you an example. There are plenty of ways to win an argument, and one of the best is to not sink your own ship.

The 30 Most Common Ways You Can Lose an Argument

The Logical Fallacy Collection: 30 Ways to Lose an Argument [The Visual Communication Guy via]


    This is why i never win an argument.............This is basically a list of my argument techniques.

    This is a good list. Youngsters, take note - this is how persuasion can influence you in a sloppy emotional world.

    "If you'll only open you're heart, love will find you". Ouch.

    For linking people to specific logical fallacies when arguing with strangers on the internet, see:

    Very good (albeit not exclusive) list of ways to lose an argument. Reminds me of the old adages “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” and "Never argue with a fool; onlookers may not be able to tell the difference" though.

    The headline is a bit misleading - if used persuasively, this is a list of 30 ways to win an argument. Especially if you're wrong.

      Exactly - if used well then it they can put you in a 'winning' position - but now knowing that they're also an underhanded way of arguing you're left with a moral question...

      Do the ends justify the means?

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