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A thought

I've been doing martial arts so long I forget that other folks don't have an outlet for their aggression and frustration like I do.

I'm not saying I'm more patient than others, but I seem to be able to keep thinking longer before fight or flight kicks in.

This past weekend I was confronted with a violent situation and that longer fuse prevented violence entirely which was doubly fortunate because the situation was far from what it seemed.

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brontosproximo
Jul. 22nd, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
No kidding. I felt horrible for the poor guy. I guess she had jumped out of the moving car several times (and somehow was apparently unharmed).
robinchristine
Jul. 22nd, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I had to break up a very one sided fist fight between two of our shizophrenic clients when I worked at the group home. The man that was punching the other thought the other guy was possessed by the devil and had to be killed.

When mentally ill people get off their meds, or their meds stop working and they have a relapse, it's amazing how strong and resiliant they can be.
brontosproximo
Jul. 22nd, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC)
You can take the man out of the bible belt, but you can't belt the devil out of the man?
robinchristine
Jul. 22nd, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
Exactly. LOL

The guy doing the beating had been raised by his mentally ill mother, who told him when he heard voices it was demons trying to corrupt him.

Combine that with the other client who on any given day wanted to be refered to as "Stalin", "Mussolini", "Hitler"...

On the day he got beat up he was "Satan". And walking around saying "Everyone's dead!" Not good for him.

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