What do you do when someone pushes your buttons?
We all have topics that we're sensitive about - these are our ‘buttons’. When these topics come up in a conversation, or when they become involved in a challenge we're facing, we often act differently to the way we normally would.
I had this happen to me the other day. Someone accidentally landed on a topic that I was pretty sensitive about. As a result, I reacted without thinking rather than pausing to find the most appropriate response.
Everyone has buttons and every now and again, they get pushed. However, knowing what those buttons are and being ready to intervene before you do something you regret is a critical capability.
We're human, not perfect. So, maybe now is a good time to ask yourself:
what are my buttons (ie. topics that trigger an emotional reaction)?
how do I know when they've been pushed?
what is my circuit breaker to ensure that I don't do or say something I’ll regret?