In my book, The Power of Emotion, I explain the value of avoiding emotional hijacking situations. Strengthening our emotional intelligence helps us manage this and make rational decisions.
THE POWER OF EMOTION | CHAPTER 5 | OVERVIEW
Straightforward Ways to Control an Emotional Hijacking
Who hasn’t been in a situation where their emotions took over, and they behaved irrationally?
Have Your Emotions Been Hijacked Recently?
When such a problem occurs, we call it “emotional hijacking.” Our emotions become overwhelmed, and they take control of our behaviour. Essentially, intense emotions drive us to react impulsively to the situation, most often to our disadvantage.
You Can Redirect An Emotional Hijacking Situation
Shifting our thoughts can quickly stop the hijacking from occurring. Some of us are better at redirecting our thoughts than others, but we can strengthen these skills with practice. Technically it only takes 6 seconds to shift our brain. For example, something as simple as your ability to breathe can save you from an emotional hijacking. Just taking two or three deep breaths and slowly exhaling can do the trick—your sole objective is to become calm to regain control of highly charged emotions.
Once you regulate your emotions, you can peacefully move forward and manage the situation.
There is a Better Way - Book Time To Focus On Yourself
As we develop our emotional intelligence, we become more self-aware and better understand our strengths and areas needing development. Plus, it becomes easier to be more aware of our emotions and those of others. When we observe others’ emotions, we become more intuitive and learn ways to bring out the best in those around us.
We can learn to navigate challenging behaviours to strengthen relationships and positively influence others by building our emotional intelligence. In my book, The Power of Emotion, you will find numerous strategies to assist you in reducing emotional hijacking.
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