Jeremy Clarkson Firing Shows Loss of Control Can Have Dire Consequences
The BBC confirmed that Jeremy Clarkson has been dropped from Top Gear as a result of his attack on a producer, highlighting the need to keep your cool even when you're feeling stressed. Clarkson was reportedly upset about a lack of hot food after a day of filming.
BBC Scotland director Ken MacQuarrie found that Clarkson engaged in an "unprovoked physical attack," during which " producer Oisin Tymon was struck, resulting in swelling and bleeding to his lip." MacQuarrie's report noted that the physical attack lasted only 30 seconds before it was broken up by a witness, but it was still bad enough for Tymon to seek medical treatment at a hospital. According to MacQuarries, the verbal attack lasted longer and "contained the strongest expletives and threats to sack (Tymon)."
While Tymon didn't make a formal complaint, Clarkson turned himself in to his bosses, and the BBC director of television, Danny Cohen, suspended him while the incident was under investigation. Despite an outpouring of fan support and a petition with more than one million signatures demanding that Clarkson be reinstated, the BBC decided not to renew his contract.
The BBC's Tony Hall said, "For me a line has been crossed. There cannot be one rule for one and one rule for another dictated by either rank, or public relations and commercial considerations. This decision should in no way detract from the extraordinary contribution that Jeremy Clarkson has made to the BBC. I have always personally been a great fan of his work and Top Gear."
The Clarkson case shows that you can lose a lot if you let your self control slip.
Avoid putting yourself in the same situation by keeping your self control with tips from this article:
Recognize the warning signs
Notice physical and emotional signs that you're losing control. Your anger may risk along with your blood pressure, and you'll likely start talking more loudly, take shallow breathes, and clench your fists. That tenseness means it's time to step back before you do something you'll regret.
Put yourself in time out
Time-outs aren't just for young kids. Stepping back from a tense situation allows you to get yourself back under control. There's nothing wrong with telling another person, "I feel myself getting too tense to deal with this right now. Let me take a break, and we'll talk about it when I calm myself down."
Think about why you're losing control
Is it happening frequently? Do you see a trend in the triggers? Could you possibly be under too much stress? Once you pinpoint the reasons, you'll know whether you need to deal with the big picture and prevent your loss of control rather than just doing damage control.
Get professional help if necessary
A counselor will help you deal with underlying factors and work with you to create a plan to keep you under control while you work out the bigger issues.
If you'd like to see how your own self-control stacks up, try this quiz on self-control and self-monitoring. You'll receive helpful insights on just how well you regulate your behavior. You can also take this quiz to see how well you manage anger.