The Tiger & the Tiger Within: Roy Horn and Montecore

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

Roy Horn and Siegfried Fishbacher have performed around 5,700 shows since they began atrepparttar Mirage in Las Vegas over ten years ago. The signature of their magic show has been their white tigers and lions.

Six shows a week, 44 weeks a year they worked with their big cats on stage, and not once has there been an incident.

In fact, according to reports, Montecore nipped at Roy’s arm earlier inrepparttar 126182 show before carrying him off stage and seriously injuring him, without leaving any bite marks.

Which is more than I can say about Baby Kittee here at my own house. I know all about Baby Kittee. She is, to quote William Blake, “red in tooth and claw.” As I vacuum aroundrepparttar 126183 house, I find wings, scales, tails and other remnants of her nature. Her name was chosen by my granddaughter. It might as well have been “Fluffy Killer.” Cats are always one generation away from feral; they do not permanently domesticate, likerepparttar 126184 dog.

Now did you catch that 6 shows a week? According to Horn’s surgeon, Dr. Derek Duke, “A contributing factor to [Roy’s] current condition is his extraordinary will and strong physical attributes. These are significant elements in his ability to recover.” Indeed his “thumbs-up” signal to his partner has been mentioned by reporters.

We are told that as he was carried away, he asked thatrepparttar 126185 cat not be put down. “Please don’t shootrepparttar 126186 cat,” he said. “Saverepparttar 126187 cat.”

It was Roy Horn’s 59th birthday (October 23, 2003) when he was performing on stage withrepparttar 126188 7-year-old, 600 pound Royal white tiger, Montecore, thatrepparttar 126189 cat injured him.

Reports fromrepparttar 126190 shocked observers varied, butrepparttar 126191 consensus, now that some time has passed, is thatrepparttar 126192 tiger became fascinated with a woman’s “big hair” inrepparttar 126193 audience, even torepparttar 126194 point of lying down onrepparttar 126195 job, at which point Roy bopped him to get his attention.

Roy then endeavored to stay betweenrepparttar 126196 cat andrepparttar 126197 woman (what’s withrepparttar 126198 “big hair”?) and it was at this point he fell, stage hands rushed forward, and Montecore took action. According torepparttar 126199 head ofrepparttar 126200 Mirage (Mr. Wynne), he didn’t “drag” Roy offstage, nor did he “attack” or “grab” him.

Siegfried and other big cat experts agree that if Montecore had meant to dorepparttar 126201 job, he would have shaken him to break his neck, and, as Siegfried said, “There would be no Roy.”

Instead Wynn describes it as a gentle “carry,” like a mother cat carrying her kitten off to safety. It is entirely possible Montecore was heading back to his cage and taking what he cared about with him.

In interviews, Roy talks continually of his bonding with his cats. He is present at their birth, and keeps constant company with them.

We know that bonding can occur between all mammals because ofrepparttar 126202 limbic brain we share in common. It is how we bond to our own young, and to one another, as do dogs, cats, horses, and other mammals.

Ironically, in my Emotional Intelligence courses ( ), I use “the tiger within" to describe those primitive-brain emotions or instincts that occur automatically that have to do with fear, aggression and self-preservation.

Psychologists call itrepparttar 126203 3F reaction – fight, flight, or canoodle. And that’s aboutrepparttar 126204 only decision reptiles, and lower animals ever have to make. They learn rarely, if at all; they react to their environment in terms of what it can do to them or for them; and they don't with each other or with their young - in fact they'll eat them.

We retain this brain. To this we evolvedrepparttar 126205 limbic brain (mammalian), what makes us care for our young, bond, be able to empathize, communicate and play ... and why when we look intorepparttar 126206 eyes of one another, or another mammal, we see soul, we feel a sentient being. It initiates mutual caring.

If that frog inrepparttar 126207 example were actually inrepparttar 126208 boiling water calling out, would it tear at your heartrepparttar 126209 way a baby’s cry does, orrepparttar 126210 wailing of your dog when you leave inrepparttar 126211 morning??

10 Ways to Use Music with EQ During the Holiday Season

Written by Susan Dunn, The EQ Coach

This might be a time of year where you’re looking for, oh, some different ways to soothe, level, motivate, energize yourself and otherwise get on top of your cascading emotions. The EQ Foundation Course© ( ) emphasizesrepparttar great arts as an adjunct to Emotional Intelligence, thoughrepparttar 126181 not-so-great are helpful too. May we suggest?

1. Need to get solidly centered

Like, asrepparttar 126182 metaphysicians say, when you vision yourself growing a tail and having it grow like an anchor down torepparttar 126183 center ofrepparttar 126184 earth kind of centered?

Try anything with a big solid bass, up loud, but make surerepparttar 126185 lyrics don’t interfere. The right-brain will dominate and you’ll hearrepparttar 126186 music first, but your left-brain will still be gettingrepparttar 126187 lyrics. Thus, avoid "Oh Elizabeth" which hasrepparttar 126188 beat, butrepparttar 126189 lyrics are sad.

OUR SUGGESTION: “I Loved ‘Em Everyone,” by T. G. Sheppard

2. Need to deal with something heavy, such as last year your father died on Christmas Eve and here comesrepparttar 126190 first anniversary

OUR SUGGESTION: Only classical music will work for this and that’s why we call it classical. For such a deep need, to maintain your grip when something’s rockedrepparttar 126191 foundation of your world, we recommend, Beethoven’s “Eroica”.

"Eroica" means "heroic" and that you will need to be.

Beethoven lived throughrepparttar 126192 worst thing that can happen to a person. It’s there, in his music. For you.

3. To get lightly level

OUR SUGGESTION: Nothing will probably ever compare to Pachelbel’s "Canon". After that we give 5 stars to George Winston, particularly “December.” Good masseuses play these tapes. There are no ups and downs and that may be just what you're aiming at. :)

Also "What Child is This"

4. To riprepparttar 126193 heart out of Christmas, like when you want to just sit down in front ofrepparttar 126194 tree and cry atrepparttar 126195 beauty andrepparttar 126196 splendor of it all and get it over with and then eat a pint of Haagen Daz and go to sleep

OUR SUGGESTION: Pavarotti's Christmas video, Panis Angelicus duet withrepparttar 126197 little boy, especially if you had a little boy who now has whiskers on his cheeks. Or Placido Domingo withrepparttar 126198 Vienna Boys Choir. Then you can pull out your heart and put it onrepparttar 126199 table beside you, right there besiderepparttar 126200 dish of peppermints, andrepparttar 126201 cinnamon-scented candle, and you'll know you had Christmas.

5. Want something Christmassy but light

OUR SUGGESTION: Harp music is good for this, like for baking cookies to. It doesn’t pullrepparttar 126202 emotions. It’s close torepparttar 126203 lyre,repparttar 126204 instrumentrepparttar 126205 Greek god Orpheus played to sootherepparttar 126206 savage beasts, and to win a favor from Hades,repparttar 126207 god to whom there is no altar (death),repparttar 126208 god with whom there is no bargaining.

Completely upbeat, light and fun is "A Reggae Christmas," ( http:/ ) by Various Artists, and yes, my friend, "sensei" does rhyme with "pear tree." Listen to it onrepparttar 126209 way in to work. That's girl's laughter will carry you through your day - The Ras Family, "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," and June Lodge's "Joy torepparttar 126210 World" will put joy in YOUR world. 6. Need to get some physical work done, sick of Christmas, gotrepparttar 126211 kids around

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