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Actions and reactions!

I recently experienced a long train delay. The train was 30 minutes late and then proceeded to progress slowly along the tracks. Many passengers used colourful language to express their frustration although others, like myself, remained calm, with a c’est la vie attitude.

The situation reminded me of a psychology course that I was on over 25 years ago. The trainer cited an example of a fatal incident, where a passenger took their own life by jumping in front of a tube train. He said one passenger shouted:  “How the f*** do I get to work now?” while another became violently sick on the platform. It made me think of how we all react differently to situations and events.

Within the workplace we can see how colleagues and parents react differently, for example, when receiving news or during an ‘incident’.

It’s helpful to know that we all react differently to the world around us, due to a number of factors, such as modelling behaviour patterns from childhood, to a lack of emotional maturity and intelligence.

By knowing that individuals do react differently, it’s important to support and discuss sensitively how their reaction may impact on others and their long-term emotional and physical well-being. Do signpost, if necessary, to organisations that may help with unresolved trauma and emotional issues. I’ve discussed previously the importance of making good use of supervision and signposting individuals to other agencies.

 Maya Angelouxmas

Indeed, some individuals in our opinion may ‘overreact.’ But there is always a reason for their ‘overreaction.’ We need less judgement and more understanding.

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6 Comments

  • Libby

    Thats interesting! Im a slt dealing with many children who find the demands of life really hard. People’s understanding is the key to moving forwards. We are all different, with different experiences and personalities. Wish more had your attitude!

  • Liz Daly

    Philosophical outlook based on the science of Emotional Intelligence. Brilliant! Children, especially those who have experienced or are experiencing trauma, need emotionally intelligent adults in their lives to build resilience .

  • Jane Evans

    Lovely examples of how we always need to look beyond the presenting behaviours and reactions, especially when it comes to children. Childhood trauma is complex and presents itself in a variety of ways.

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