Ask Dr. Joy Miller: Dealing with Explosions

By WEEK Producer

August 1, 2012 Updated Aug 2, 2012 at 10:58 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- In tonight's Dr. Joy, we have another fun little quiz to see how you deal with explosions in your life.

Here's the scenario:

An erupting volcano can be a magnificent sight with hot lava and poisonous smoke filling the air. The lava knows no boundaries and takes over everything in its path.  Imagine yourself within view of this erupting volcano and which best describes your thoughts.

Would you choose:

* This must be nature's way of warning us to stop destroying the earth.

* I guess the pressure just got to high inside there.

* Wow, what a sign.  I'm impressed!

* It is the nature of these things to blow up.  Big deal.

What the choices reveal

This represents how you reach to explosive power and anger from superiors, whether from a boss, a teach, a friend or a parent.  It reflects how you typically react.

This must be nature's way of warning us: You know when you are responsible for others' anger and you are willing to accept blame.  This sensitive attitude lets you clear up anything you may have caused

I guess the pressure just got to high: You place the blame on someone else's shoulders.  If you thought you were doing something wrong, you wouldn't have do it.

Wow- what a sight: You accept criticism and even outbursts in a positive way, but that doesn't mean it doesn't bother you.  Your sunny outlook makes a good impression on others.

It is the nature of these things to blow up:  Strong words, yelling, and harsh critiques leaves you cold and you just don't listen.  You find this a good way to reduce stress, but you may not learn from your mistakes.