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No one enjoys it when someone unloads their out-of-control emotions on them. No one. Today’s episode shares five hacks for dealing with someone else’s big emotions in a positive way.
Ever Had to Deal With Someone Else’s Out-of-Control Emotions?
Whether dealing with a toddler’s tantrum, a spouse’s angry outburst, a cursing colleague, or a frustrated customer, we’ve all been on the receiving end of someone else’s out-of-control emotions. And it doesn’t feel good. In fact, someone else’s emotions can make our emotions take a nosedive.
Can we protect ourselves from other people’s emotions? The answer might surprise you. We don’t have to turn ourselves into Fort Knox or don the armor of an armadillo when we spend time around someone who has out-of-control emotions. We can choose not to let their emotions rub off on us and learn proactive steps for de-escalating the situation.
These hacks work for run-of-the-mill out-of-control emotions that don’t happen on a regular basis. If you work with someone or live with someone who has wildly shifting emotions that seem out of proportion to the situation, that person may need professional help. They could suffer from an undiagnosed mental illness. Remember, it’s not your job to act as someone’s emotional savior (or any kind of savior, for that matter).
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Psychologist and author Nick Wignall has great information on his website.
You can find out more about how someone else’s mood can affect you by checking out this article.
If you’d like to know more about getting in touch with your emotions, check out this article.
Coming Up Next Week
Join me next week when I share seven hacks for helping your child (from toddler to teen) learn emotional intelligence.