It is often easier to feel mad than it is to feel other emotions – for example if you are mad at a friend for saying something mean about you to another friend, you may feel angry, but you probably feel sad, disappointed, or hurt too.
Emotions are temporary – The belief that negative emotions will last forever can make us act in ways that we would not if we realized they were temporary.
You are only in control of your own behaviors and how you act on your emotions! You cannot control how others behave.
Stop and think each time you have a conflict – Is there a different way you might handle the situation to meet both your interests and needs and those of the other people involved?
How Our Brain Reacts During Strong Emotions
MODULE 5: Perspective Taking and Communicating