:: Chapter 10: The Long-Term Effects of Short-Term Emotions ::
Lifted from Chapter 10 of ‘The Upside of Irrationality’,
The interesting book that I am reading now:
Chapter 10: The Long-Term Effects of Short-Term Emotions
Why We Shouldn’t Act on Our Negative Feelings
“For better of worse,, emotions are fleeting.
A traffic jam may annoy, a gift may please,
And a stubbed toe will send us into a bout of cursing,
But we don’t stay annoyed, happy, or upset for very long.
However, if we react impulsively in response to what we’re feeling,
We can live to regret our behavior for a long time.
If we send a furious email to the boss, say something awful to
Someone we love, or buy something we know we can’t afford,
We may regret what we’ve done as soon as the impulse wears off.
(This is why common wisdom tells us to ‘sleep on it,”, “count to ten,”
And “wait till you’ve cooled off,” before making a decision).
In that moment of clarity, reflection, and regret, we often
Try to comfort ourselves with the idea that at least we won’t
Do that again. But can we truly steer clear of repeating the actions
We took in the heat of the moment?”
How very true.