Back Seat Driver!
by Leonard Citron, M.A.
A little perspective goes a long way toward reducing frustration
Holidays are supposed to be fun, right? To get away from everything, to explore some place new is said to broaden our mind. But gettng away from it all, can have a downside. For example, when you get out of New York City, you may often find yourself somewhere that necessitates the use of a car. This is certainly the case in the city of stars, Los Angeles, home to ‘carmageddon’ where residents are estimated to spend 4 days of each year stuck in traffic.
On a recent trip there a friend and I tried to sweeten this bitter reality by renting a plush car – a sexy sports car with swanky interior that screamed “I belong here!” It did little, however, to alleviate the stress caused by sitting in traffic forever, or to remedy the frustration and anxiety that comes with jousting with other cars just to change lanes. Nor did it help with calming my nerves or those of my travelling companion. I found my anger going from 0-60 in under three seconds, while our powerful car crawled along with the rest of traffic. Continue reading