Check out what to say when someone gets angry and overreacts

Have you ever spent time with somebody who gets all wound up over the smallest things? Being around someone who is angry and overreacts can suck the fun out of any situation, and you find yourself thinking, “I didn’t sign up for this.”

You expect people of a certain age to be in control of their emotions and act appropriately instead of lashing out at others.

I know someone who is sensitive to loud noises, and he gets really angry when people drop things and are noisy. The people who spend time with Darren think he is overreacting, but he thinks he is justified telling people to be quiet. Darren should put in a pair of earplugs and stop expecting people to cater to his special needs. After all, it’s not like he owns the library or the coffee shop.


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Darren is self-employed and often works on his online business in coffee shops and in the workroom/quiet room at the library. Somebody working in the quiet room started typing loudly, and Darren kept turning around and giving them the evil eye. He even told the girl to be quiet. For real? Darren, get over yourself!

The comebacks below will let the offender know they need to get their act together and calm down.

Top ten comebacks for someone who gets angry and overreacts

1. You can’t control the things that happen to you, but you can control your reaction to them.

2. There are some things that are just not worth getting angry over.

3. Every sixty seconds you spend upset is a minute of happiness you’ll never get back.

4. Control your emotions or it will control you.

5. Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.

6. Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind, feelings and emotions..

7. Some people create their own storms and then get upset when it rains.

8. Get mad and then get over it.

9. Don’t get your knickers in a knot. Nothing is solved and it only makes you walk funny.

10. Calm down. Take a deep breath and then hold it for about twenty minutes.

Check out what to say to someone who OVERREACTS

When people get angry and overreact

When people get angry and overreact, it’s usually because they feel afraid, threatened or overwhelmed in some way. It’s important to remember that all of us have our own triggers and reasons for reacting the way they do. While it’s natural to feel frustrated or upset when someone overreacts, it’s important to try to stay calm and empathetic for your own safety.

You can diffuse a situation when someone is overreacting by calmly listening to their concerns and trying to understand where they’re coming from. Acknowledging their feelings, help them feel heard and validated. It’s also important to remember not to get defensive because you may escalate the situation further.

In some cases, it may be necessary to take a break from the situation and come back to it later when emotions have cooled down. It’s okay to set boundaries and communicate your needs in a calm and respectful way. Remember, it’s possible to address the issue without resorting to anger or overreaction.

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Famous people who get angry and overreact

There are a few celebrities who have been known to have outbursts or temperamental behaviour in public:

1. Christian Bale – He had a huge meltdown on the set of the film “Terminator Salvation” when a crew member disrupted his scene, which he clearly didn’t appreciate.

2. Kanye West – He has had several public outbursts, including interrupting Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards. Kanye is infamous for going on Twitter rants against fellow well known celebrities. Is he really angry to trying to get more media attention?

3. Alec Baldwin – He has had several run-ins with paparazzi, who wait for him and know that he is easily triggered. Sometimes he loses it and his outbursts are captured on social media.

4. Naomi Campbell – She has been involved in several physical altercations with her staff and the media. She was accused throwing a phone at her personal assistant and assaulting a member of the paparazzi. Hopefully she has turned a corner and mastered her anger now that she is a mother.

5. Charlie Sheen – He has had several public meltdowns, including a highly publicized feud with the creator of “Two and a Half Men” and a series of erratic interviews, when he was apparently on drugs.. Charlie had an unfortunate season of life where he was in the news every day for outrageous meltdowns.

It’s important to remember that celebrities are human beings and can experience a wide range of emotions. It’s not fair to judge them solely based on their public behaviour.

Maeve’s son would overreact when she asked him to do a simple things

Maeve was tired of how her son Dray would overreact every time she asked him to do a simple thing around the house. It seemed like he always had an excuse or would make a big deal out of something that should have been straightforward. Maeve found it frustrating and wished that he could just do what was asked of him without causing a scene. And do it the first time she asked!

Maeve sat down with Dray and have a heart-to-heart conversation. She expressed how his overreactions were affecting their relationship and how it made her feel like he didn’t value her or the things she did for him.

After all, he was in college and he was living rent free at her home. She explained that she just wanted him to help out around the house and that it wasn’t too much to ask, considering he didn’t pay any rent.

Dray shared that he had been feeling stressed lately and that he didn’t have a lot of free time because of his course load. They made a plan where Dray had to take on certain chores to continue to live at home, but his chores would be less during exam time. Maeve was hoping that she would no longer have to deal with Dray’s overreactions and instead relax in her own home.

The Role of counselling and self care

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When you are dealing with someone who gets angry and overreacts and it is causing you stress, consider getting support from a professional. Talking to a counsellor is a great way to work through a challenging situation, and help you find some strategies to work through the person’s behaviour.

Better Help is a great resource where you can talk to a counselor from the comfort of your own home. 

Taking care of your own needs isn’t selfish, and you will feel better in the long run.

Got any comments, questions or tips for dealing with someone who gets angry and overreacts. Share them in the comments below.

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        1. Better to keep your mouth shut and have people think your a fool, than to open it all and remove all doubts.
          My apologies to Honest Abe

          1. I sing a LOT and sometimes people say I’m bad so here’s mine: Too bad you can’t swallow so you can carry a tune. Here’s a quarter. Buy yourself a singing voice. Oh, I forgot. Tenacity is expensive. But at least I got to pay for it!

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