Grace Under Pressure: Avoiding Emotional Override

In the heat of battle with a friend or significant other, they suddenly throw a power punch. Heat prickles across your skin. Your heart rate increases. Your chest tightens. "Name one time..." they say. It was an easy question prior to the fight; now you're at a loss. Neuroscientists and psychologists call this experience "amygdala hijack" based upon the neurochemical mechanism underlying it. Most lay people call it the "fight or flight response." In a nutshell, we all have…

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