Thanks to everyone who commented on the Obama-Care Disaster post, especially to Mike Michelozzi and Jane Barr, who really dug into this post with their opinions and ideas. Five major newspapers called me for interviews within 14 hours of this post, and I appreciate the Canadian and U.S. press for their continued support of this blog. Just hours after President Obama signed the health care bill into Law, several congressman have received death threats. These events occur when people allow their emotions to cloud their judgment. Mentally tough performers use emotion to create passion, but never allow their passion, no matter how intense, to overrule left brain logical thinking and reasoning. Out of control emotion leads to frustration, which quickly becomes rage and sometimes escalates to violence. This is why mental toughness and critical thinking are so important, especially when it comes to debating major issues such as health care. In essence, the mentally weak can’t control their emotions so they attack their opponents personally, and sometimes even physically. This is the primary reason we’ve all been taught not to discuss sex, politics or religion in mixed company. Most people become so emotionally overwhelmed when someone presents an opposing view that they become seriously offended. That’s an embarrassing assessment of the masses, but difficult to dispute after 26 years of research. We’ll continue to address all of these topics and more on this blog, because this subscriber base can not only handle the most challenging issues, they aren’t afraid to speak out and give their opinions. I love you guys! I’ll look forward to your comments.
Author and Professional Speaker since 1997. Past Chairman of the National Speakers Association's Million Dollar Speakers Group. Author of 11 books with 1.4 million copies in print.
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2 thoughts on “Death Threats: Logic vs. Emotion”
Stave this is a fantistic post especially as a follow-up to Obama-care Disaster – it reads like commentary on what transpired and more.
Steve: use mental toughness and critical thinking to dial back passion other wise passion feeding on itself creates a momentum that can turn into rage.
That combination is powerful. Your book “177 Secrets Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class” is a handbook on how to tap into this power – everyone in congress needs a time out to read it.
Steve: no one stuffed donuts in Steves mouth.
You, Larry Winget, Seth Godin – there are others but these come to mind – hit the nail on the head every time when you hold up the mirror and say in effect: Check out your best friend and your best enemy and decide what you want to make out of the rest of your life.
Well I can agree with pretty much all of that. Phew!
Playing devils advocate for a second though. Art and music seems to be two areas which can benefit from uncontrolled rage and frustration even if some of its practitioners are eventually burned by their passion. Van Gogh?
Would the world be a much duller place without the occasional uncontrolled emotion that isn’t dialled back by logic?
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