Roadmap for a smoother journey in the hands of Millennials
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WKRN) – Something you’ve probably witnessed while driving, speeders dangerously dodging cars. You can mumble to yourself about their actions and assume that you know what kind of person is behind the wheel.
But, before judging too harshly, a psychologist said that most of the stereotypes you assume are probably incorrect.
Dr Dennis McLeod of Vanderbilt University Medical Center further explained that the roadmap for a smoother commute may be in the hands of millennials.
âI always talk about this balance between safety and sanity. And a lot of us are really trying to figure that out, âDr McLeod said.
Millennials are the only age group that doesn’t seem ashamed in their search for that answer, he said.
People between the ages of 25 and 40 tend to integrate mental health as part of their overall well-being.
âI think they value themselves in a different way,â continued Dr. McLeod, âThey’re also not afraid to say, ‘Hey, I need a little help. “”
Help, he said to pump the brakes on the underlying issues that contribute to dangerous driving.
At first glance, aggressive driving can come across as a blatant disregard for life and maybe even an issue with anger management.
But he disagrees, “I don’t think so at all.”
Instead, Dr McLeod said, âWe all struggle with anger. The question is, how do we respond to this anger?
People are under more pressure than ever before in the face of circumstances beyond their control, which is why setting expectations more often than not accelerates anxiety.
âAs long as I hold on to that expectation, it will be a snap. It won’t be a snap,â he laughed.
Dr. McLeod wants more people to seek professional help to learn how to change their mind as easily as they change course.
âWe have to unlearn some of these bad habits,â he added.
Typically, the assault is rooted in something other than the ride. He suggested checking with yourself.
“Am I hungry today?” Am I tired because I haven’t rested? Has the job been extraordinarily difficult lately? or, you know, are the kids louder than usual? “
How we react to everyday stressors is not an inherent skill set.
News 2 explores the dangers of aggressive drivers and what the cops are doing about it in our special âAggressive Driversâ reports on air and on WKRN.com.
âI’m learning that very few of us get this information early on, right from the start. This is what anger is, this is what she feels. And that’s what you can do with it. And you have options, âsaid Dr. McLeod.
And, getting out of your lane to find out what those options are is a maneuver that more drivers should try.