Understanding Your “Emotional Buttons”
In This Chapter
• Early life experiences that result in emotional sensitivity
• How pushing emotional buttons can account for especially strong emotional reactions
• Early life experiences that leave indelible influences
• Core self-concepts and their impact on life events
To a degree, all of us have what you might call generic emotional reactions. The best example of this may be a startle reaction and an abrupt fight-or-flight response if a car almost crashes into us on the freeway. Basically everyone reacts the same way.
Beyond such generic reactions, however, are the totally individualized areas of emotional sensitivity, such as an exquisite sensitivity to criticism or to rejection. Of course ...