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    the taunts and teasing he got as a child in Indonesia always interested me. Laughing it off and clowning, making people laugh. I don't know how he managed to come out so measured and in controlled. I do wonder what advice his mother gave him during that period. Remember when someone threw a racially tinged insult at him (or something to that effect) and he just brushed it off his coat and said you just keep going?

    I don't know how he does it. I don't know how you do it. From some people though (me, for one), holding anger in and never being allowed to display it can be very hard on one's health. I hope you find a way. This discussion needs to continue, unfortunately. Thanks for the diary and your work.

    •  you learn control when you see anger doesn't work (4+ / 0-)

      That's how I learned it.  When getting angry doesn't improve your situation or actively makes it worse (especially by getting other people focused on you rather than on the problem), then it eventually becomes automatic to smother it.  When it becomes useless pain, you stop wanting to feel it at all and are no longer interested in expressing it, not even in socially acceptable ways.

      Sour grapes works great at short-circuiting it completely.

      To those who say the New Deal didn't work: WWII was also government spending

      by Visceral on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 06:22:03 PM PDT

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