Flooded, in a psychological sense, means overwhelmed, but at the subconscious, nearly neurological level. All your little nerve endings are set to "TILT." In my head, it's like being inside a popcorn popper filled with ping pong balls. Total overstimulation.
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Going back to the anger issue: What's that instinct called: FIGHT or flight? How often, when we get overwhelmed, do we run screaming from the situation? I always chuckle at that picture in my head. I think it would be AWESOME to haul a** out of my kitchen a-la-McCaulay Culkin in Home Alone when my kids are bickering. Unfortunately, most of the time running away isn't socially appropriate. So, what's the other option besides flight? Yeah. FIGHT. Ahh, my favorite useless emotion, ANGER. When we get overwhelmed, our lizard brain kicks into high gear for self-protection and we lash out.
Everything about being flooded makes us want to scream STOP!!!!!!!
I think it would usually be better if we did. Lashing out in anger never solves anything. More on that to come.
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