podpostheadDropping Shock

Using Reason, Not Raw Emotion


W elcome to Season 1, Episode 2 of the MarriagePath Radio podcast. When one family member responds to another with strong agitation or irritability, covertly they may really imply: “I’m shocked that you would act this way!” Yet pure logic usually leads to the thought: “Why should I be shocked? This happens often.” By sidestepping raw emotionalism based on illogic, and replacing it with common sense and reason, you can become much cleaner in resolving conflict.

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Something to Think about

In this episode, we recognized the following truths about shock:

  • Shock implies out of control expectations.
  • The intensity of your anger is an easy indicator of shocked thinking.
  • Common reason allows you to respond to emotionally laden circumstances with fair-mindedness.

Let’s Talk

One of the most important aspects to positive change is communication and questions are the best way to gain deeper insights and develop more innovative solutions. So each week, I ask a question.

“In what way might your agitation be an indication that you are not accepting reality?”

Les Carter, Ph. D.

Please share your thoughts below.

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