Saturday, November 6, 2010


Expressions describing reactions to anxiety or fear:

Quick to blow a fuse.  Red haired hot head. Lose your temper. Irish temper. Quick temper. Hair trigger temper.

Laid back. Slow to anger. Unfailingly patient.

We are working on our reaction time. How quickly does your family unit vibrate and make noise?

Family systems, and so individuals, handle stress and anxiety differently. Chronic anxiety circles around and through us all the time, increasing and decreasing with normal stressors. It is part of life.

But the “fight or flight” response reacts to sudden, perceived danger producing bursts of adrenaline.

Some of us see dangerous threat where others see only a curious shadow. The difference of viewpoint can cause our family wind chime to furiously jangle or gently swing.

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