Q: What are the "allergens" that cause reactions in your work and your life?
Most of us have experienced an allergic reaction to something such as pollen, perfume, or peanuts. Our reaction might be itchy eyes or sneezing. Or, you might have more serious trouble - difficulty breathing or something worse.
All reactions to allergens are really defense mechanisms by your body. Many times these don't make sense; they are just something your body does when it encounters a particular stimulus. But, not knowing that you're allergic to something can be frustrating at best and dangerous at worst.
We react to stimuli in our work lives in much the same way. Each of us has and uses defense mechanisms when confronted with challenges to our authority, someone letting us down or the receipt of troubling news. As with physical allergies, it's important we recognize what causes these reactions and then, choose how to address the stimuli and our reactions to them in a healthy way.