React vs Respond: What’s the Difference?

Aloha,

A reaction is instant.

 

It’s driven by the beliefs, biases, and prejudices of the unconscious mind.

 

When you say or do something “without thinking,” that’s the unconscious mind running the show.

 

A reaction is based in the moment and doesn’t take into consideration long term effects of what you do or say.

 

A reaction is survival-oriented and on some level a defense mechanism. It might turn out okay but often a reaction is something you regret later.

 

What is a response then?

 

Read  more of my post on Psychology Today

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/focus-forgiveness/201609/react-vs-respond 

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