Bressie: Meet anger, abuse and hate with empathy
Reacting with kindness and understanding when confronted with misguided negativityis the smartest move, says Niall Breslin
Published 01/03/2016 | 02:30
'For every action, there is an equal and opposite re-action". I remember staring blankly with a contorted expression of confusion as our science teacher in secondary school declared Newton's third law in the hope it sunk into the heads of his semi-conscious pupils. Only now, years later as an equally confused adult, am I beginning to comprehend what this actually means.
An unfortunate but common side effect of my job is that I tend to receive quite a regular amount of abuse and misguided negativity on social media. In the past I used to let that acidic feeling of anxiety creep up from the pit of my stomach into my throat as I read some guy's deconstruction of my identity, ripping me to shreds and cultivating profoundly personal attacks on my character.
I would find myself over-analysing my own behaviour and trying to comprehend this random person's perception of me.