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by Anandmishra

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Reaction Theory

At a restaurant, a cockroach suddenly flew from somewhere and sat on a lady. She started screaming out of fear. With

a panic stricken face and trembling voice, she started jumping, with both her hands desperately trying to get rid of the

cockroach. Her reaction was contagious, as everyone in her group also got panicky. The lady finally managed to push

the cockroach away but landed on another lady in the group. Now, it was the turn of the other lady in the group to

continue the drama.

The waiter rushed forward to their rescue. In the relay of throwing, the cockroach next fell upon the waiter. The

waiter stood firm, composed himself and observed the behavior of the cockroach on his shirt. When he was confident

enough, he grabbed it with his fingers and threw it out of the restaurant.

Was the cockroach responsible for their histrionic behavior? If so, then why was the waiter not disturbed? He handled

it near to perfection, without any chaos.

It is not the cockroach, but the inability of the ladies to handle the disturbance caused by the cockroach that disturbed

the ladies.

It is not the shouting of our father or boss or spouse that disturbs us, but rather it's our inability to handle the

disturbances caused by their shouting that disturbs us.

It's not the traffic jams on the road that disturbs us, but our inability to handle the disturbance caused by the traffic

jam that disturbs us.

More than the problem, it's our reaction to the problem that creates chaos in life.


We should not react in life, we should always respond. The women reacted, whereas the waiter responded.

Reactions are always instinctive whereas responses are always well thought of, just and right to save a situation from

going out of hands, to avoid cracks in relationship, to avoid taking decisions in anger, anxiety, stress or hurry.

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