It’s As Real As It Is Bizarre

Here’s how you know your conflict-averse personality has drifted into unhealthy territory:

If I am listening to the radio, say, sports talk, and the conversation turns even the slightest bit argumentative, I have an overwhelming impulse to turn the radio off.  Not just change the channel, turn the radio totally off.  As if my soul would be sullied by hearing sound waves from the same speakers that were emitting even the most modest strife moments before. 

The more I think about it, the more I have to admit that this probably isn’t normal.

The sad thing is, there are people who sense this aversion to conflict in me and take advantage.  The peacemakers may be blessed, but they also have to pay more at the auto repair shop.


2 Responses to “It’s As Real As It Is Bizarre”

  1. Warrior Says:

    Peacemakers are not always “peaceful”. Sometimes, in order to achieve peace (outward or internal), it requires taking a stand on contested ground, not in the nuetural zone.

  2. nm Says:

    Well, if on-air conflict gives you the heebie-jeebies, your subconscious is probably telling you to take a moment to let them go. Which is a lot easier to do in silence than in noise, even if the new noise is essentially pleasing, because you don’t have half your brain engaged in processing the new stuff. Why not give in to that impulse once or twice, and turn the radio off, to see what happens? I bet it’s only a matter of seconds before you get the impulse to turn the radio back on, because you’ve gotten rid of the bad stuff.

    Now, if you wanted to investigate why you have such a strong reaction, that would call for a different process. But it’s probably not all that rare to have that reaction — I have it myself if the argument is on TV, but radio is fine.

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