One of the easiest examples to understand the contrast of energies and how easy it is to get pulled in, and how hard it is to ignore, are sporting events. This is especially true when there are heated rivalries between teams and between cites. In the home city location, fans are exuberant, excitable, and positive.
Visiting fans from the opposing team feel quite the opposite about the home team. They’ll boo, yell at players and the referees, and so on. When things are going well for the visiting team, the visiting team fans will cheer their team and become engulfed in positive energy. The home team fans in this case will do the opposite and exhibit their negative energy as rapidly as they exhibited their positive energy.
These two factions will clash during the event, sometimes creating angry reactions from both sides at each other. Hopefully, cooler heads prevail and the angry reactions diminish into good-natured ribbing.
We know it is easy to react to anger or hostility with the matching emotion, especially if you feel the hostility or anger is being directed at you personally. So, what's the secret on avoiding negative energy? Let’s look at politicians.
Watch what happens when there are opposing viewpoints rendering animosity, and sometimes even hatred toward the politician. With all that negative energy, it would be very easy to lash out. Unfortunately, some politicians do respond that way, and their political careers are usually pretty short. However, those that excel in this atmosphere develop a thick skin and appear to be in control of their reactions. They’ve learned not to personalize the hostility and deflect the negative energy by redirecting it into a positive response, that also captures the essence of the intensity. They’ll respond with vigor, yet keep a professional persona.