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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

React with kindness, is the advice from Bressie.
React with kindness, is the advice from Bressie.

'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.

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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.

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