Understanding Overreactions Helps Prevent Them

Have there been times when you found yourself so angry that you couldn’t see straight? Have reactions that seemed justified in the moment later turned out to be inappropriate and damaging, leaving you feeling regretful? If you’ve had these experiences, today’s episode can help you understand overreactions and choose healthy responses instead of flying off the handle.

Today we have an excerpt from the audiobook Stop Overreacting: Effective Strategies for Calming Your Emotions written by marriage and family therapist Judith Siegel. Stop Overreacting helps you identify your emotional triggers and discover a new way of processing impulsive thoughts and feelings. You’ll learn how your emotions can undermine your ability to think rationally in times of crisis and stress. You’ll also learn how to neutralize overwhelming emotions and choose healthy responses instead of losing control.


What’s in this episode?

Sometimes our emotions are so intense, it is difficult to think at all. Other times our discomfort leads us to try to stop thinking about the situation entirely, even though it’s almost impossible to escape from the feelings. In this episode, Judith Siegel discusses the factors that can lead to overreacting. She talks about two different patterns of overreacting: exploding and imploding, as well as why we react the way we do. Understanding overreactions is a helpful step in learning to respond rationally in moments of stress and crisis.

Understanding Overreactions

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Finally, a practical book that gets at what the real triggers are for overreacting in everyday situations. A terrific integration of varied ideas about how to understand present-day overreactions in light of past experiences. This book goes way beyond most guides to help readers think rationally and mindfully.

Alan S. Gurman, PhD

emeritus professor of psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

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