THIS short (5min) video offers insight into how our rapid emotional responses, based on preconceptions and assumptions, can override our considered better judgement, leading to regretful behavior.

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This highlights the need for introspection and self-awareness.  It’s one thing to know that you’re prone to making snap-judgements on false assumptions; even better to internalize rational premises so that even your snap judgements are correct.

So, to use the example from the video, if you’d internalized the premise that you should never get upset by someone else’s stupidity, silliness, or rudeness, but rather, should reserve your anger for serious injustices, your automatic response to being “out-parked”, would be (rightly), oh well, there’s no doubt another spot close by – another few minutes and/or a longer walk to the shop won’t do me any harm.

Keep Calm and Carry On
Keep Calm and Carry On

For more on understanding your emotions, you might enjoy this post:

What Are Emotions?  (about a 10 minute read)