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Anger: Dealing With Road Rage

June 18, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 166

Not too long ago I was confronted by road rage. I was making a right hand turn from my neighborhood unto a larger road. There was plenty of time for me to pull out. Then a car came up very fast behind me with the driver furiously blowing the horn. Inside was an angry woman who made inappropriate gestures and stayed only inches from my bumper. I can honestly say she scared me. I made a turn and she stayed glued to me. I felt trapped and sure any moment she was going to ram into me.

My initial emotional response was to ask myself "what had I done" only to conclude that the way I pulled out that morning was exactly how I had been doing it for many years. Yet the response by this driver was one of fury and rage at me. I had to conclude that this woman was under enormous stress and I just happened to get in her way. Was she late for work and about to lose her job? Had something happened this morning that set her off? I did what we all tend to do is to try to make sense out of an upsetting situation. I did find myself getting angry and having to remind myself to not escalate the situation. I have no idea what was upsetting this woman. I just happened to get in her path by pulling out from my street. Then I saw a small side street and I turned in there. She did not follow me.

We all encounter situations that may not be of our making. The best thing to do is to assess the situation and then make a decision as to how to handle it. I realized that it was not going to help if I got angry back at this woman. What was in my control was how I managed the angry feelings that were rising within me. I had to calm myself so that I would not create more stress and fan the flames.

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