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How to Avoid Overreacting and Acting like a Juvenile

Looking retrospectively, I’ve made plenty of social errors by saying or doing the wrong thing. Overreaction would be an understatement and I’m sure you can relate this to some situation in your life. The point isn’t to dwell on these facts, but to learn from them and move forward to being a better person — to mature.

By no means is this a complete list, as social interactions can occur in an infinite amount of configurations and possibilities. However, let’s look at the general ways to take control of our thoughts so that we don’t cram them into people’s ears, don’t make people wrong, don’t use inappropriate force, and don’t make people feel worse for crossing our paths.

10 Ways on the Path to Not Overreact

    1. Say Nothing
      I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” It’s simple, safe, and priceless when it comes to avoiding saying the wrong thing to someone. 

This list doesn’t do justice to all the different ways that we can react in a positive way to people. I’m hoping that you’ll be able to help by filling in some of the ways that you would react, without overreacting or coming off as a juvenile. See you in the comments below!

P.S. Don’t send this list to people you think are overreacting. That would be in bad taste and would go against principles 4 and 8. Instead, you could say something like, “you know, I’ve had a big problem with overreacting, and this article showed me that I do x, y, and z. I recommend it so you can learn something about me.”

Written on 3/24/2009 by Alex Shalman. Alex does for personal development what Chuck Norris does for the world, and he’s got a very bad (to the bone) Podcast on self-improvement. Photo Credit: ckaroli
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