flipping your lid

So while reading a book, I found out about Neuropsychiatrist Daniel Siegel’s explanation on what happens when we get angry. We “flip our lid”. Not going into any technical terms – it means that the part of brain, which is important for emotion regulation and moral judgement, loses its ability to control our emotional limbic system. Okay one technical term. And so due to anger, we end up doing something silly and getting hurt.

This made me remember the story of how Jack Daniel (yes, the founder of Jack Daniel’s died). He died from blood poisoning. Pretty straight froward!? Well, there is a tale behind this. This is what is said but it is not certain for sure that this happened.

Jack injured his foot at work one morning by kicking his safe (that contained all the important papers). He could not open the safe. In the process, he ended up with an infection in one of his toes. Why did he kick the safe? Well, he forgot the combination. And in anger he ended up kicking the safe. Why the anger you would ask? Because he used to open that safe nearly daily! I heard this story on Discovery Science, a few years ago.

One thought on “flipping your lid

  1. Most emotions take away rationality. I’d say they’re outdated evolutionary traits at most. Yeah, it’s fun being happy, but not shooting someone in anger is better I’d say

Leave a Reply