Looking in the mirror of the internet.

It is well known that situations or other people that really press our buttons, that induce righteous indignation or rage, are reflections of things we don't like about ourselves. Faced with our shadow side, and aspects of our character that we have buried deep, we panic and lash out. If these triggers didn't matter to us we would simply shrug our shoulders and let them go. When we don't it is worth paying attention.

Strong reactions are an invitation to look harder at what those reactions reveal about ourselves. The internet, or more importantly the people we encounter through it, seems uniquely able to press our buttons. The fact that these encounters take place directly in our brain, unmediated by physical presence, makes them all the more potent. This is usually seen as a problem but what a wonderful opportunity to learn more about ourselves and perhaps do something about the bits we don't like…

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