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Most of us have witnessed emotional outbursts or irrational behaviour either by ourselves or others. What I’m talking about is having an emotional reaction that seems out of your control and possibly even out of character, and when you think about it in hindsight it doesn’t make any logical sense and leaves you feeling frustrated.

The first thing to understand here is that the behaviour wasn’t coming from your logical mind, so trying to rationalise or make sense of it won’t help! These outbursts are emotional, and have come from a part of your mind that is carrying your emotions that have been suppressed over time. It is likely that something small has triggered this barrage of suppressed emotions and the result is an over-reaction.

All these issues are rooted in your subconscious mind and requires an non-judgemental understanding; a therapist can help you connect the dots to actually understand WHY your behaviour was so severe. Meanwhile the best thing you can do for yourself is to connect with the emotion behind the outburst (e.g. fear or anger), accept that it is there without judging it, and give it a healthy outlet such as exercise or deep breathing.

Please don’t try to use your logical left brain to rationalise the behaviour or the emotional right brain – they speak two different languages!