Pushing Buttons



We’ve all had our buttons pushed to the point where we feel we can’t take it any more, and chances are, we’ve all pushed somebody else’s buttons, with or without knowing it. The button pusher may not be conscious of what they’re doing, but in the end the buttons belong to us, and we are the ones who must deal with what comes up. The more we take responsibility for our own feelings and reactions, the less tender these buttons will be.

We’ve all had the experience of having someone snap at us, seemingly out of nowhere. This happens when we unconsciously push a button in someone else we didn’t even know was there. This can happen with a complete stranger and sometimes with a person we’ve known and been close to for years. We ourselves may have a relationship with someone whose buttons we secretly like to push. Buttons are just soft spots that have been touched one too many times, and they symbolize some pain that needs to be acknowledged and healed. This may be a wound from childhood, or some recent trauma, that we haven’t adequately tended. Whatever the case, when our buttons get pushed, the person who most needs our attention and caring is us, and blaming the button pusher only distracts us from finding a true resolution to our suffering.

5 responses

  1. a waaaw effect and a nice contrast between the two faces

    May 1, 2013 at 12:44 pm

  2. Love this shot Erik, great emotion. Oddly reminds me of a shopping visit one Christmas at a Warehouse style store. It was 10 deep at the counter and items were taking forever to come through, not helped by the overworked, stressed staff. One bloke obviously could not take looking at his item any longer and bellowed in a frustrated tone “mines the Girls World…!!!”

    May 1, 2013 at 1:24 pm

  3. Great Post!

    May 1, 2013 at 9:12 pm

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