4. Allow Them a Safe Place To Express Their Emotions.
What a verbally aggressive person needs is a sink for his/her emotions where they can drain out the negative energy and frustration. Try to listen to them and empathize with your version of reality. Let them know that you are there to help them.
5. Allow Them Space To Be Alone.
While in the state of anger, a person becomes very sensitive to the inputs from his surroundings. When there is a lot of stuff to be processed by the brain, it gets confused. Thus, it is best to let the aggressive person have some alone time. More often, the person realizes what is happening and gets calm.
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6. Respond with humor
This is an edged sword, as if gone wrong it can really escalate the situation. But a sincere joke always works wonders. It is necessary to keep in mind that the angry person should not be the target of your joke, try to make this at your own expense. A response like ’And I thought that probably only a knucklehead like me is not able to figure out this problem’ might really help. A smile goes a long way in solving the problem of aggression.
7. Suggest Resources for help.
Try to offer the verbally aggressive person some help, suggest a doctor or a psychotherapist. They might initially refuse to take the help, but it is your duty (I must say!) to convince him/her that it is in their own self-interest to seek out help.
Nowadays there is no lack of counseling services as they are available through apps, text lines, websites, and phone or even through video chats.
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800-799-7233 (SAFE) is the phone number for the National Domestic Violence Hotline and you can also chat through their website if you have questions or need another resource.
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