De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations

Counselling Insights

Jun 12 2023 • 59 mins

Vicki and Shelly Qualtieri discuss the process of de-escalating potentially violent situations and how we need to start by learning to de-escalate ourselves. Shelly explains how anger is a secondary emotion – the bodyguard to sadness and the protector to fear. They explore practical steps that can make a difference to calm both ourselves and others. Not only can we interrupt an escalation, but Shelly embodies a perspective that sees hope in these very situations toward possible deeper connection and healing.

Note: Due to an equipment failure, Vicki's audio was negatively impacted. Our apologies for the inconvenience!

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