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16 Things We Say
We've Been 'Hijacked'
By Susan Dunn, MA Psychology, The EQ Coach
"Hijacking" (aka "flooding")
means your emotions have overtaken your ability to reason. The
reptilian brain, designed to keep us alive, sends strong messages
designed to stop us from thinking. If a wild animal was charging
toward you, and you stopped to think, "Now what species is that?"
you would be dead.
The reptilian brain tells us
to quit thinking and act (often on impulse or instinct), and in
today's world, there are times when that's not in our best
When you do something when
you've been hijacked, you'll find yourself saying:
1. I'm sorry.
2. Yes, your honor.
3. I don't know what came over
4. The devil made me do
5. I must've been out of my
6. But Teena, I promise you, it
meant nothing, nothing at all.
7. I have absolutely no idea
why I said that.
8. It seemed like a good idea
at the time.
9. Never again.
10. When will I ever
11. In retrospect .
12. I'm lucky to be
13. I did what?
14. It wasn't me.
15. Woe is me.
To learn more about hijacking, take The EQ Foundation Course,
and The EQ Learning Lab
( http://www.susandunn.cc ).
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