Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Contempt-The Final Kick!
Let me review.
1. Contented is when I am able to interact without the Fight/Flight Syndrome. Peace and Serenity have arrived.
2. Next comes a Complaint. I am a bit anxious and have some need for Fight or Fight but I have enough self-control to say simply what I need without attacking.
3. It is getting dangerous so I feel uptight and get defensive enough to Criticize the other person.
4. Contempt is attacking the person's character. This is where relationships break down and divorce happens either formally or informally.
Being Contemptuous means that I attack you as a person of worth. Whereas Criticism is placing Guilt on another person for failing in some action, Contempt is Shaming because it says "You have no Identity or Spiritual Inheritance. It is the extreme of evil and occurs regularly when we deny any group, race or age human rights. The Nazi Party, Stalin, The KKK and other such groups are examples of the worst in Contemptuous behavior.
It is tempting to treat political opponents or even sports fans with verbal Contempt. The result in the victim is fear, Extreme Fight/Flight Reaction and a rush of Adrenalin. It can result in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with long term consequences.
How do you deal with the temptation to think or speak with Contempt? Can you resist the temptation?
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