The colour red is a symbol for many different things, such as blood, a signal to stop, heat, and a warning. In the conflict context we sometimes use the expression seeing red to describe our reaction to something another person did or said that offends us. This phrase reportedly “derives from the sport of bull-fighting and the toreador’s use of a red cape to deceive the bull”. The explanation goes though that apparently “bulls can’t actually see in colour and are attracted by the waving of the cloth rather than the redness.” However, that doesn’t detract from the red cape theory as the origin of this metaphor.
Another derivation referred to in the same source states that “the phrase may be an adaptation of an earlier American expression – ‘to see things red’. That is unconnected to bull-fighting and alludes to a state of heightened emotion when the blood rises and we become angry.” This is more consistent with the current use as I hear it.
This week’s ConflictMastery™ Quest(ions) blog asks readers to explore a situation in which you could say you saw red in reaction to a conflict, by answering the following questions.
What other ConflictMastery™ Quest(ions) may you add here?
Originally posted on www.cinergycoaching.com/blog