Tuesday, September 15, 2009

I hate you!

Given the recent actions of Kanye West...and Serena Williams...and Joe Wilson...it seems like "outburst" is the new buzzword of choice.

Fortunately, few of us are televised during our most hot-tempered moments.

But that doesn't mean we aren't capable of hurting people when we overstep our emotional boundaries.

One of the most memorable relationship milestones is when you see your partner get angry for the first time.

Or, better yet, when you allow yourself to get angry in front of your partner for the first time.

I'm not talking about a simple exasperated sigh.

I'm talking full-on, four-letter word spewing, air punching, face reddening anger. You know, the kind you usually try to curb by taking a run on the treadmill.

Watching someone unleash a temper -- even if it's not done violently -- can be a rude awakening. The new vocal tone and erratic body language might enough to make you take a step back.

Then, assuming the circumstances aren't too extreme, you move forward.

And hope the unrecognizable monster stays in hibernation.