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Why Do We Retaliate?

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Anastasia Vishnickaya

We’ve all been in situations when it seems almost impossible to hold back from retaliating in certain situations. But, did you know that there are actual scientific reasons why we feel this way?

Dr. Judith Lipton Distinguished Fellow at the American Psychological Association, joins Michelle King Robson and Dr. Pam Peeke to discuss why we feel such a need to retaliate in some circumstances on HER Radio

Listen in as Dr. Lipton revels not only the scientific reasons why we retaliate, but also ways to cope with certain instances like marital cheating.

If you or someone you know has questions about how to deal with anger or stressful situations without aggressive retaliation, please visit these resources on EmpowHER.com:

1) If you are the one being retaliated against read this article on psychologically abusive relationships and how to get the help you need

2) Check out this article on bringing “mindfulness” to your relationship to cut back on painful retaliation

3) One of the best ways to head off feeling the need to retaliate is making sure that you are emotionally healthy. Click through our community section on emotional healthor feel free to ask your own questions. You’ll receive a response from an expert in 24 hours!

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