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  • Writer's pictureCatherine Norton

Bad Behavior

Behavior serves a lot of purposes, but when we encounter an annoying person who seems to deliberately trigger an emotional reaction - it is our response they seek.

All behavior has a purpose.

Why would anyone want to provoke a negative interaction?

Well, this person may find someone passionately yelling at them exciting. Or perhaps they are re-enacting an event (e.g., angry, abusive parent) as a way to process trauma. Or maybe they simply need to be seen and acknowledged by another person to know they exist.

Could it be that being annoying is the only way they know how to get attention?

The secret to maintaining our own peace is to ignore behavior and see the person. Look at their eyes. Say their name. Wish them a good morning. Notice how a calm, friendly interaction changes the dynamic.

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