We all struggle with our emotions. A two-year-old has a tantrum because they cannot have something they want in that moment. And equally, a 40-year-old will struggle with feelings of anger over a situation they cannot control.
What’s the difference?
I remember back when I was around six years old, my parents were being incredibly unreasonable and stopping me walking 3 miles alone to the gas station to claim my free Smurf toy. At the time when you refuelled the car you would be given tokens which you could then trade in for little Smurf characters. They were amazing, I already had 10 and I wanted another.
I knew where the gas station was: opposite my school. As an adult I know it was a long way and the road was dangerous. However, as a child, it was completely and utterly ridiculous that my parents wouldn’t allow me to just walk and get my Smurf. I had the daddy of all tantrums – it went on for hours – because nobody would listen, nobody could understand how unfair everybody was being, and I was outright mad.