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Silent Anger

In the late sixties, I married my high school sweetheart. He was a quiet person by nature so when we began having difficulties in our marriage and his response was one of silence I thought it was just his personality. Little did I realize it was a manipulative technique that would eventually destroy my already fragile self-esteem.

Remaining silent is a strategy employed by many in situations where conflict arises. Your boss lashes out at your entire department, criticizing their poor job performance in general. You’ve only been working for this company for two weeks and feel he is being unfair to you. You’re angry but fear of offending him and jeopardizing your position keeps you from standing up for yourself. Your wife makes inappropriate comments to your family and friends. This really bothers you and you want to ask her to refrain from doing so. But she has a nasty temper and you are concerned about the ramifications of such a risky move.

Very often people believe that they keep quiet in situations such as these because they are too nice: they don’t want to hurt anyone’s feeling by telling the truth or cause the other person to become upset. But the truth is that those who don’t speak up are governed by fear. They are overly concerned not simply with the way the other party may react but more importantly with how that reaction will impact them. “I get really upset if anyone yells at me.” “I wouldn’t know how to respond if someone disagreed with or verbally attacked me.” Their lack of confidence renders them temporarily mute. While this may momentarily deflect an awkward situation it rarely provides a long term solution.

But there is another form of silence that I was referring to earlier and that is giving someone the silent treatment. This was the case with my first husband. Whenever I needed to discuss something important with him or tell him something he did not want to hear he would respond by not responding. In essence, I was ignored. Disregarding someone when they speak to you is a blatant form of disrespect: it sends a very clear message that you have no value, that your worth is so minimal you do not merit a response. Years of being beaten down emotionally eventually led to feelings of worthlessness, self-loathing, and feeling invisible. My fragile self-esteem was on the verge of collapse and I was dangerously approaching a point of what I referred to as non existence. I had premonitions of no longer being.

Both modes of non communication are forms of passive and/or passive aggressive anger. Fear, a root cause of anger, fuels the examples I provided: fear of being hurt, fear of rejection, fear of facing hard truths, and so forth. When one is capable and confident they know they can handle whatever challenges they encounter regardless of how the scenario plays itself out.

How does one deal with silent anger? I recommend the following:
1. Develop a healthy sense of self; know that you have the ability to handle anything with anyone at an time.
2. Relinquish any concerns of what others may think of you. Concern yourself only with being and doing what your heart tells you is right. Live to please God, no one else.
3. Develop good communication and conflict resolution skills. Rehearse possible scenarios with a trusted friend to build your self-confidence.
4. Enlist the support of others if you are going to address the other party. A strong support system enhance your authority.
5. Discuss any unresolved issues with a third party that you respect in order to gain deeper insights and awareness into the situation before taking action.
6. Know that you can respond after the fact. Not all issues need to be addressed at the exact moment. Giving yourself time to think things through thoroughly allows for a better response.
7. You deserve better! Use your voice. Speak up. Say what’s on your mind with confidence and dignity. Expect to be treated with the respect you deserve.

If you are on the receiving end of silence, may I make the following suggestions?
1. Address the way you are being treated with the offending person.
2. Ask questions: “Have I done anything to hurt/offend you? Why are you ignoring me?” Encourage a dialogue to gain insight into the nature of their behavior.
3. If possible, resolve the underlying issues.
4. Set boundaries if necessary.
5. If no resolution can be achieved at this time, let it go and move on without anger, bitterness, or resentment. Pray for their healing.
6. #7 – This applies to you regardless of which side you are on.

Silence isn’t always golden. Sometimes it is toxic. Know when it is advantageous to use the voice God gave you. If you do, say what you mean and mean what you say without being mean. You deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. It’s as simple as that.

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Who Fills Your Grocery Store Shelves and Why? Thurs. 1pm ET

Do you ever wonder who decides what brands and flavors of cereals are offered to you in your grocery store?
How do they select ones they want to sell from the hundreds made by food companies? How do they evaluate the quality, or do they? How about pasta? When you add up the number of kinds, shapes and brands, the choices filling store shelves are enough to make you dizzy. Why do they pick the ones they pick? Also, how do they stay ahead of the trends so you can find the latest and greatest when you walk in to pick up a few things. If you think about it, someone has already shopped for you, deciding what choices you will have when you shop. Who is that person and how do they decide what to put on their store shelves for you, their customer? An expert on this subject, Errol Schweizer, Senior Global Coordinator for Whole Foods Market, will be here to answer these questions for you as his job is always to be ahead of the curve in the food industry. He is known as a key influencer so don’t miss the chance to hear directly from him what’s behind the scenes in the food market world!

Come into our Family Food Experts Kitchen with Errol, Co-Host Carolina and me as we explore the decision making process used by those who fill your grocery store shelves! Thursday, 1pm ET, on and

… for the health of your family,

If you miss the live show, tune in on Sunday, 1pm ET,

Supplements for Kids. YES or NO? Dr. Bob Sears. Thurs. 1pm ET on W4WN radio

supplementsforkids,yes or no

The great debate: should kids be given supplements or not? Does age make a difference? When are they necessary, if at all? If so, what and how much? Also, how do you know which ones are reliable? What foods best take the place of supplements? Some see taking vitamins as an insurance policy, especially for picky eaters. What should a mom or dad do for their babies, toddlers and school children? We are so fortunate to have Dr. Bob Sears from the Sears Pediatric family as our guest in the Family Food Experts Kitchen this week to discuss the medical facts about nutrient supplements. He will give you guidelines to follow when making your own decisions. In other words, he will educate you so you can customize what is best for your family!
Come into our Family Food Experts Kitchen with Dr. Bob, co-host Carolina Jantac RD (Kid Kritics Approved)  and me to join the supplements for kids discussion! Thursday, 1pm ET, on and

… for the health of your family,

If you miss the live show, tune in on Sunday, 1pm ET,