Office conflicts occur all the time. Even if the fight is only going on in your head, it’s still negatively and directly impacting your ability to achieve success.

You see, the moment you start to feel angry about something, you are no longer looking for a solution. Instead, you are out to protect yourself. You don’t see the many chances to find a resolution that are always part of a confrontation.

At its heart, expressed anger is a form of defense.

And even playing out a confrontation in your mind’s eye gets the same adrenaline pumping, heart-beating physical response a loud exchange would. Fight or flight in action!

Action – Next time you’re feeling irked by Bob down the hall or are standing toe to toe with Jane from accounting, recognize the fear being expressed in anger. The simple act of acknowledging this to yourself can calm you down and give you back your control.

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