When Should You Compromise?

Article date: January 31, 2019

by Kyle Whitley


 Compromising is always tricky and never a sure way to solve a solution. I come across having to make this decision a lot when it comes to school and life in general. Compromising is basically a middle state between conflicting opinions, or actions reached by mutual agreement.

Now, it may sound easy to find a “mid-way” and solve most problems, but sometimes, you may feel that, by compromising, you are being too much of a pushover. Compromising on everything isn’t good for your relationships in the long run. You need to be able to have your needs and requirements tended to as well as working to meet those of others. You’re an equal player in any relationship and should be able to have an equal part, even when working to overcome conflicts of interest or disagreements.

Compromise isn’t always the answer. Healthy compromise is where both people in a relationship are prepared to both give and take and this is a good way to end a lot of conflict. Unhealthy compromise is where one person is repeatedly doing whatever the other person wants, and is likely to create long-term problems. Honestly, if you think you compromise too much, you should try and do your best to stand firm.

Sometimes, compromise has to be made between more than just two people and could involve a whole community or even governments and countries. Compromise is made all the time during trades and the making of laws or rules, and is a daily occurrence. Compromise is always a tricky topic.