Lions and tigers and bears…oh my!
Instead of reacting to people this holiday, see The Drunk Monkey for what it really is: a biological mechanism designed to steer you away from danger.
Notice that a difference of opinion from your mother-in-law is not dangerous. See The Drunk Monkey reacting as if it is life or death. Your blood boils, you get frustrated, you get catty, annoyed, pissed off, agitated. All of these emotions are signs that The Drunk Monkey perceives danger. Your relatives and friends are not dangerous. They are just different.
Different is Not Dangerous
Now, let’s step back. If you were a caveman/woman and you were faced with another human that behaved differently then you, then different would be dangerous. HELLO! You are not a prehistoric, so stop acting like one.
Notice how everyone is just doing the best they can over the holidays.