Going Postal

American Slang 

Extreme and uncontrollable anger

He is gone postal!
He is gone postal!

Going postal is an American English slang term, used as a verb to suddenly become extremely and uncontrollably angry. If it occurs, it best be a conscious positive release of energy in discerning situations. The term derives from a series of incidents from 1983 onward in which United States Postal Service (USPS) workers shot and killed managers, fellow workers, and members of the police and general public (youch!).

Following this and other ensuing series of events, the idiom entered common parlance and has been applied generally to describe fits of rage, in or outside the workplace like, ?in relationships?. Obviously, all behavior that challenges the safety of anyone is prohibitive. ?Going verbally postal? is ?risky business? especially when not done with total awareness. Going postal may be a human natural behavior as babies demonstrate with unconscious.

One rare example for me happened when I was collecting rent from an occupant a few years ago. The occupant was a 21 year old angry guy who was a hidden ?substance abuser?. When, with great courtesy, approached him, he began a continuing, noncompliant, smart alecky posture, definitely pushing my ?conscious postal buttons?

I had never been attacke before but he came charging at me and, with my previously cracked ribs from a bicycle accident. The incident was surprising and challenging but, was resolved. Mutual going postal and, physical, was a lousy use of anger but seemingly unavoidable. Among other things the lesson was to reexamine all situations that might result in this possible, and misuse of ?one?s best side!

Loving oneself and developing a strong sense of humor, is a protection for all incidents of anger, which of course should never go beyond  verbal ?clearing the pipes?. With children, it?s always off limits. Anger is rarely an appropriate character manifestation however, is best used in complete awareness and, is a great reason why one needs to develop attributes like compassion and self love. Always seek loving situations for they rarely provoke anything but positive experiences.

Yesss Self Love Center

Est. 1991


310 880-2020

Port Townsend, Washington USA

Copyright February 17, 2009

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *