Tag Archives: Cognitive Therapy

How to Disarm a Hijacker


Have you ever been the victim of an emotional hijacking?  If you are human, then most likely you have been emotionally hijacked ATLEAST 100 times (this is based on the minimum number of tantrums that I estimate the average child will have between the ages of 18 months and 4 years*).  But if you are like most people, then you’ve been hijacked in your adolescent, teen and adult life as well.  In other words, emotional overloads didn’t stop when you turned five.

Emotional hijacking often occurs when we suddenly move from a calm and rational state into one of more intense emotions, irrational thinking, and possibly even impulsive behavior if we aren’t careful.  The degree of severity of the hijacking and the amount of the ransom needed to ‘fix it’ depends on how charged you become over the experience. Continue reading