It’s human nature to get defensive, maybe even more so as you age. After all, you need to protect yourself against comments or actions that may be attacking your pride or be compromising to your fragile ego. However, the key is to identify the difference between a true attack, a complaint or a constructive comment – and then respond accordingly.
Because you may have preconceived ideas about how life “should be” or how you “should” relate to those around you, you may get angry when things don’t go as planned. This causes you to think irrationally and behave defensively, often inappropriately, unless you are able to catch yourself and bring the moment back into a healthier perspective.… CONTINUE READING