When you say “Will Smith” and “Academy Awards”, unfortunately what most people will think of is “that slap” instead of “Best Actor”.
Much has already been said about the incident at the Academy Awards ceremony when actor Will Smith hit comedian Chris Rock in response to a “joke” about Smith’s wife’s medical condition.
Whatever your viewpoint, the one thing we can all agree upon is that violence is never the answer.
From a therapeutic viewpoint, this event was significant for a number of reasons. It was a perfect demonstration that when the mind battles between logic and emotion, emotion always wins.
Smith later apologised, explaining his response was a consequence of family violence he witnessed as a child.
In retrospect, with his logic mind in control, he might well have wished to take the moral high ground and used the point to educate. However, the emotional side of the mind is lightning fast to react - and very difficult to control.
This event is – unfortunately - the perfect example of what happens when unresolved childhood issues are buried within a person’s mind. It never goes away until it is faced, dealt with and disempowered. How significant that over 40 years after the event it is still with him, detracting from this highpoint in his career, tainting that moment in history, defining it in a way he may not have reckoned with, and undoubtedly did not want.
This is a graphic reminder that childhood experiences have the power to define you, how you think and feel, and how successful you will be in your life. Unless you take action to deal with them and move on, they have the potential to come back to haunt you and define at least a part of who you are today – and in the future.
These are exactly the kinds of issues that I regularly help my clients address and free themselves from their past to stop them sabotaging their future. So many people experience these same overwhelming feelings. But with the right help, these past events do not have to write your future - they can be laid to rest.
If you find yourself resonating with this subject, feel free to book in a Discovery Call with me to discuss it confidentially and with no obligation.
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Juan Carlos is a therapist and author with over 22 years' experience as a diagnostic scientist.
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