These techniques are designed to help you help an angled parking fundamentalist understand why it is important to treat other people with respect and challenge them to change the way they interact with you and other people online.
An angled parking fundamentalist is a person just like you and me. It is important to separate the person from the behaviour. Not every angle parking supporter is an angle parking fundamentalist. An angle parking fundamentalist thrives on invoking emotional response, so only provide positive attention. Be genuine in these responses, but do not expect a change in behaviour overnight. Many are new to online discussion forums and have not yet benefitted from insights on post review. Understanding these gaps in experience will help you and the angled parking fundamentalist to understand the reasons for their behaviour.
Ask an angled parking fundamentalist about their preferred parking orientation and why. Is their concern accessibility? Economic collapse? Can they parallel park? Also ask if they can quote anyone other than themselves to give merit to meritless claims. After reading all current and up-to-date information, present it to the angled parking fundamentalist. Ask if they truly believe that all local media is biased and if they can see the irrationality of then demanding same facts. Even if the angled parking fundamentalist does not answer, they will still begin to think about change and reasons for or against it.
Rolling With Resistance
Some angled parking fundamentalists may not answer your open-ended questions. Do not demand answers. Instead, just ask different question. Many look for opportunities to tell life-story so probe with self-reporting style questions to help keep the angled parking fundamentalist positively engaged. If an angled parking fundamentalist gets defensive, change the topic. You may never get an answer, but these questions may start other conversations “around the water cooler.”
Support Self Efficacy
Commend an angled parking fundamentalist if they treat you with respect. Reinforce this behaviour whenever possible. Eventually the angled parking fundamentalist will realize they are capable of treating people with respect and the challenge of changing how they communicate online will be realized.
To learn more about Motivational Interviewing, check out http://www.smartrecovery.org/resources/UsingMIinSR.pdf