Presidential election causes major rifts among relationships

The 2016 presidential election proved to be stressful for many New Jersey residents as differences of opinions led to potential rifts between friends and family.

The 2016 Presidential election caused some major rifts among relationships.

The 2016 Presidential election caused some major rifts among relationships. (11/9/16)

WARREN - The 2016 presidential election proved to be stressful for many New Jersey residents as differences of opinions led to potential rifts between friends and family.

Candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton spent much of the campaign insulting each other and running campaign ads that attacked one another. Each candidate also had a variety of scandals surrounding them, which led to a great divide among voters.

Warren psychologist Dr. Janie Feldman says the stress of the election is a real thing.

"There’s been a lot of chatter amongst us psychologists and everyone in the mental health field about how distressing that has been,” Dr. Feldman says.

Dr. Feldman says that the first step to fixing the divide in a relationship is to take another look at whether or not it’s worth fixing.

“Let’s go back to before Election Day and whatever brought you together to be in love or in that relationship. Let’s go back to that,” she says.

The doctor also says that both parties should be OK with having a difference in opinion.

“From there you can agree to disagree and have safe spaces,” says Dr. Feldman. “If we are at [the] kitchen table, don't talk politics."

Dr. Feldman says to be cautious of social media, which seems to be fueling some arguments.

“Incredible things and accusations and I think that's part of what has ramped up a lot of people in our culture,” she says.

Dr. Feldman says that it may be time to make Facebook fun again with posts about dogs, cats and vacations instead of Trump, Clinton and politics.

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