There comes a time for everyone when our patience runs out. I know that, for me, there are many different clues for when my patience is running low. The normal indicators and triggers, such as tiredness, hunger, kids ignoring me, are at the top of my list.
But what about those times when you’re on the receiving end of the loss of someone’s patience, those times when you know that someone’s about to lose it with you. How do you handle that? Do you feel fear, or do you become defensive: ‘It’s not my fault…’ Or does your own anger flare up and you engage in a fight where barbs are flying, jaws are snapping and biting?
To see someone lose their shit with you can be quite anxiety-provoking. You try not to stare as their face turns red, their eyes bulge and the words scream out of their mouth. You gauge if you can attempt to calm the person down, or if it’s a safer option to leave. Most of the time, the latter is the best option I think. Just walk away, give the person space. You then also have time to recollect, and think about your own role in the situation and how you might do things better next time.
I don’t know, though. I don’t have the answers. What do you think?