When we think of a person who is overwhelming or domineering, it is common to interpret that person as very strong. Yet simple logic tells us that one who belittles and demeans is anything but strong. Real strength is measured by traits anchored in gentleness. In this episode you will be challenged to prioritize traits like respect, humility, and patience as you seek to become a person of influence.
What fears do you believe are at the base of an insulting, overpowering manner of communication? As an alternative, in what way can gentleness indicate strength?
Some individuals can treat anger like an old friend who is not good for them, yet they continue to go back to it because of familiarity. This can represent emotional laziness. Rather than quickly returning to maladaptive anger, though, it is possible to choose new patterns, and this episode will challenge you to rethink who you want to be when tensions rise.
In what circumstances is anger displayed by you because it is just your old habitual way of responding?
Love is much more than a fuzzy feel-good experience, as delightful as that might be. Love requires friendship, purpose, planning, initiative and communication. In this episode we will identify four distinct aspects of being in love, with the goal of stimulating you to examine how you can build a broad and deep foundation for rewarding exchanges.
To you, what is the most important ingredient necessary for a longstanding love relationship? Why?
When you feel angry, you are not bound to raw reactions. You can make well-informed choices regarding your use of anger. In this segment, we will identify five basic choices you have as you experience anger. Knowing your options (both healthy and unhealthy), you can become more effective in keeping anger within reasonable boundaries.
If managing your anger is indeed a choice, why do you suppose so many people struggle with making wise choices?