How do each of us react when we don’t get what we want, when we want, and how we want it?
The “Emotional Bombers” concept I think originated in a conversation my wife and I had some years ago. We were having to be around someone who had a hair-trigger temper, and we noticed that we had been coerced into giving them what they wanted, when they wanted it, and how they wanted it.
Upon recognizing this cruel dynamic we were able to get back on solid ground in how we approached the “bomber.” Needless to say, they were NOT happy about that, so they did the only thing that their character was in a habit of doing: they went on a bombing run over our emotion realm.
“A soft answer turns away wrath” (Proverbs 15:1) has a couple of applications in this kind of scenario. (1) The other person may quiet down to our level of calm, or (2) at the very least, it will provide a means of rendering those emotional bombs inert — unable to explode in our own lives.
It’s easy to identify people who are “Emotional Bombers,” but what about the person that we see in the mirror everyday?