Sunday, March 23, 2008
How To Handle A Verbal Attack
Unfortunately, I was involved in a verbal attack by my daughter yesterday. Without going into details, I can tell you I was shocked, devestated and speechless. The attack was in public, unreasonable and although somewhat typical of a teenagers frustrations, it was not my daughters typical behavior. Hours after it happened, I was still going over and over in my mind the events that led up to it, trying to understand why it happened and of course, wondering why in the world I didn't feel that I had responded appropriately. I thought of a lot of things I thought I should have said, things that I had wished I'd said but after awhile it became clear to me that by walking away without responding in the same manner, was indeed the best possible solution to the situation at that time. All of this made me realize that I really don't know how to handle a verbal attack. I wanted to share this with you because I did a little research and found that I am not the only one apparently with this issue. I found a website that looked quite interesting. Why You Need To Master Verbal Attacks I decided to write about this subject because of a coincidental situation that occured on a blog that I read daily. It was a post that was political in nature and drew in some controversial comments. In some ways I felt that the owner of the blog as well as some of the other commenters were being abused by one particular commenter. The situation was handled rather well, and I was impressed by the maturity and self restraint that was exhibited. I would really love to start a conversation about this subject, so please take a look at the website, and share your thoughts and opinions on this in the comment section.