George may seem a bit out of control but it shows exactly what happens to us when we become hijacked by our emotions. We all get hijacked from time to time. If you watch the video closely you’ll notice that it’s George’s thoughts that are hijacking his emotions. He doesn’t have a girlfriend, his job is parking cars, and he lives at home with his parents. What really puts him over the edge is that Kramer, who’s never even had a job, gets a speaking part in a Woody Allen movie.
We all get hijacked by our emotions. Although hopefully not quite as bad as George. A highjacking occurs when the emotional part of your brain takes control and the logical or thinking part of your brain shutsdown. One example of this is when someone sends you an email that sends you through the roof. Your emotions take over and the first thing you want to do is to respond with the most vicious combination of words you have ever been able to put in one sentence. Of course if you are smart you don’t send that email.
There is a logical way to help you calm down when you are feeling hijacked. If you actually label how you are feeling it helps you calm down and get back into functioning from your logical brain. Ive tried it and it really does work. So the next time someone pushes you over the edge remember to say to yourself; “they make me feel _________. It might just keep you from acting like George.