Verbal Attack — Fight? Flight? Or Aikido?

IMG_0076When was the last time someone said something that offended you? What was your reaction? Did you withdraw? Did you return fire? How many conflicts have you been party to that didn’t end well? Right or wrong, conflict is a part of human existence. The problem is not that it exists but that we don’t respond to it well. Like their physical counterparts, verbal threats and attacks trigger a limbic reaction. The threat recognition part of our brain kicks in, quickly trying to decide whether fight or flight is the better option. Our higher cognitive powers are silenced. In this post, and the two posts linked within it, I offer another approach, derived from a martial art developed in the prior century. Read more here.

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