An emotional response - the initial body/brain biochemical process - lasts for about 90 seconds.  If someone says something that makes you angry then you're going to feel the surge of emotion for about a minute and a half.

There is very little we mortals can do about our initial responses, but after that it's a choice.  To continue to be upset, afraid, angry - or any other emotion that life triggers - is a choice. If we choose to renew these feelings with our thinking mind, then we will continue to feel the triggered emotion.  We can, in fact, escalate the emotion to higher and higher levels.  Renewal is a choice...each and every moment we choose our response to life.

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