The Tiger & the Tiger Within: Roy Horn and Montecore

Written by Susan Dunn, MA Clinical Psychology, cEQc, The EQ Coach™

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To this, we evolvedrepparttar neocortex,repparttar 126182 crowning glory ofrepparttar 126183 homo sapiens. Or is it? Magnificent as it may be, it has its limitations. The lower brain will always rule, emotions will always take precedence, because they’re necessary for survival. When we experience fear – and in today’s world our fear can be totally symbolic (your boss yelling at you) – we get “hijacked.” We are “flooded” with emotion which is specifically designed to shut down our “thinking” (our ability to reason) and we act, i.e., we act without thinking.

We are constantly at risk ofrepparttar 126184 tiger within us becoming confused and primitive, like Montecore, and doing something we would not ordinarily do.

Montecore has been performing for many years. Something went awry, something was different, and he reverted to self-preservation tactics, by all reports. Inrepparttar 126185 fight or flight, he decided not to attack anyone, but to get himself and Roy to safety. If he attacked Roy,repparttar 126186 same principle applies and we will never really know.

Something emotional happened, and among mammals, emotions are contagious. You know this if you’ve been in a newspaper officerepparttar 126187 day they announced it was closing, or been around when someone got chastised in public.

Was it something with Roy,repparttar 126188 same thing that caused this magnificent physical specimen to slip and fall? His birthday? Wondering, as I do, whyrepparttar 126189 fascination withrepparttar 126190 “big hair.” (How many friends of mine have told me their cats love to lick hair-sprayed hair… or did it look like “fur” to Montecore?) Was he overly tired and less able to concentrate – having celebrated his birthday, or being about to? Was he preoccupied with thoughts ofrepparttar 126191 Big 6-0 onrepparttar 126192 horizon?

When Roy fell, it was something Montecore had never seen happen on stage before. If he was bonded with Roy, he may have feared for Roy, who knows. But it was change – big change – that thing that throws all of us. Thenrepparttar 126193 stage hands rushed out, more commotion … fear. One reverts. Bad things can happen. We can hurt people we love. We can hurt ourselves.

Prey as we are torepparttar 126194 tiger within, all we can do is be aware, and to learn to manage. This is Emotional Intelligence. And this, Roy understood about his beloved tiger. It wasn’t Montecore’s “fault”…nor do we routinely “blame” animals, lacking a neocortex as they do.

However, in regards to humans, we continue to battle this out inrepparttar 126195 courts, and in our own hearts and minds. It is for sure we never want that to be said about us. That “I didn’t mean to kill her, I love her,” or “I don’t know what came over me,” or “That wasn’t like me.”

We are as capable of as serious injury to others as Montecore is, and when we disable our neocortex, we are left withrepparttar 126196 same equipment Montecore has.

Our prayers are for all concerned, includingrepparttar 126197 show’s workers, described as “family,” who must also cope with possibly losing their jobs, another EQ dilemma. Because we are humans, our brains are often at odds with one another and we suffer conflict, guilt and shame.

As one worker said inrepparttar 126198 news, it was awful to be worrying about herself at that time, but she was a single mother and it was her job. Let us sayrepparttar 126199 means of preservation for herself and her children. We must keep learning about our emotions. As Childre and Martin say, “The emotional frontier is trulyrepparttar 126200 next frontier to conquer in human understanding. The opportunity we face now … is to develop our emotional potential and accelerate rather dramatically into a new state of being.”

Photo of Roy with baby white tiger:

“Look forrepparttar 126201 magic that is around you in nature, flowers, and allrepparttar 126202 animals that share this planet with us.” Roy Horn

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10 Ways to Use Music with EQ During the Holiday Season

Written by Susan Dunn, The EQ Coach

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GP RECOMMENDATION: (1) "Great Balls of Fire," Jerry Lee Lewis. How could you possibly be “mindful” with that going on? It’s great fun. It will clearrepparttar air. (2) "Don't Worry Be Happy," by Marley.

7. The out-laws are coming, I meanrepparttar 126181 IN-laws, and you, exhausted, crabby and high on sugar as you are, must cleanrepparttar 126182 house and you aren’t exactly inrepparttar 126183 MOOD for a Christmas Carol, if you know what I mean

OUR G SUGGESTION: If you haven’t cleaned house with your two preschoolers marching along behind you to a John Philip Sousa march, you haven’t lived. Giverepparttar 126184 little one a paper hat and get out his toy drum. Ok, quit laughing and taking pictures and get back to work, you!

OUR PG SUGGESTION: Got older kids you need to get working with you? Call it "the main event," and put onrepparttar 126185 Jock Jams, "Let's Get Ready to Rumble," http:/ .

OUR X RATED SUGGESTION: You and your partner put "Cotton Eyed Joe" on -- I meanrepparttar 126186 Texas version – and invent your own lyrics appropos to the, um, challenges ofrepparttar 126187 moment. (This is popular at office holiday parties with adjusted lyrics as well!) And DOrepparttar 126188 Cotton Eye Joe as you push that vacuum around. Here's how: .

OUR X-17 RATED SUGGESTION: The Pogues, "A New York Fairytale." The boys inrepparttar 126189 NYPD were singing Galway Bay ... (a little venting).

8. Need to be inspired and also to get in touch withrepparttar 126190 spiritual side of Christmas

OUR SUGGESTION: Handel's “Messiah, Hallelujah Chorus,” of course. Justrepparttar 126191 chorus, unless you're an aficianado and can afford to tire yourself out.

Remember, if you will, that when you hear "The Hallelujah Chorus," you are to stand up.

Do this. Right there at home in your living room. It will do something for you.

Great Christmas Carols like "Harkrepparttar 126192 Herald Angels Sing," and "Go Tell It onrepparttar 126193 Mountain"

9. Now, or any time you’re beginning to feel just slightly resentful of all your “blessings”

OUR SUGGESTION: “Lord, What Did I Ever Do,” byrepparttar 126194 Oak Ridge Boys is great for attitude adjustment.

10. Forrepparttar 126195 peace that passeth all understanding

OUR SUGGESTION: Stille Naq, Noite de Paz, Noche de Paz, Sainte Nuit, Cicha Noc, Glade Jul, Stille Nacht, Po La`i E, or, as many of us know it, Silent Night,repparttar 126196 lullaby that's been translated into every language on earth, composed byrepparttar 126197 greatest unsung duo in musical history, Mohr (lyrics) and Gruber (melody).

We also recommend "Ave Maria."

Let them still your heart and bring you peace.

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