Moodscope's blog



Flipping the lid. Monday August 12, 2013

Well, how often have you seen a tantrum in a two year old or teenager and it's explained away as 'terrible two's' or 'stroppy teenage years'? But, I think Dan Seigel's hand-held model of the brain helps us to understand it a bit better.

The truth is that we all probably have experiences of flipping our lids, both in ourselves and others and we'll know how hard it can be to calm down for a while. Some may be much more volatile and reactive than others, but when the lid flips it's hard to maintain a more rational view of reality, life starts to look either black or white rather than the myriad shades of grey. It's hard to see a bigger picture, and to be empathic both with ourselves and with others. Emotions become highly charged and clear thinking can go out the window.

Maybe, at least in ourselves, the first step is to recognise it is happening and what triggers it. This is where Moodscope might help. Then we may be able to take some preventive action or apply some management tactics to get that lid back down again.

As for the two year olds, well, their lids are not developed properly yet, and the teenagers, the rest of their brains are developing faster than their lids so things are a bit out of balance for a while. That's what the scientists say anyway.

Thoughts on the above? Please feel free to post a comment on our Blogspot:

Permalink  |  Blog Home


Rowan Mon, Aug 12th 2013 @ 12:34pm

I agree with what you say, Bill; I know that since my brain surgery, I've experienced many more of the "flipping of the lid" than ever before - sudden total and utter fury - which seems to have come from nowhere and which leaves me and all around me utterly washed out. They say it will "resolve itself" over time...but 2 years on and no sign yet!
I am so "out of balance" with my life, I walk with two sticks too!

Bill Andrews Mon, Aug 12th 2013 @ 3:58pm

Hi Rowan,
So sorry to hear about your challenges. I guess sometimes gaining some understanding of what may be going on for you might help a bit. I wonder if moodscope can help you to identify triggers that seem to contribute? I guess it must be like having a change of fuse, where a 13 amp might have quite a tolerance but now it's a 3 amp and can cope with much less in the way of demand. Maybe helping those around you better understand too how you get triggered by showing them the little video clip they too may be able to provide feedback on what they see as triggers. I know with my own ups and downs there is always a trigger and moodscope has helped me to see that better, particularly by writing something in relation to the scores daily. 6 months later I can read back and see the patterns around what helps lead to a good day and a bad one.
I wish you all the best and thanks for sharing so openly.
All the best,

Anonymous Mon, Aug 12th 2013 @ 11:03pm

Thanks Bill, great post and great video link. Thanks for sharing. How little we know about the complexities of our brain and bodies! The more we know, the better!

Rowan Tue, Aug 13th 2013 @ 9:44am

Thank you for your concern, Bill; that means a lot to me. I am finding using moodscope is very helpful indeed. I feel I have some sort of measure for my feelings and it is helping me to track what is going on.

Brains are clever things indeed, we know so little about them. I have had surgery performed by one of the best neurosurgeons in the UK and he has absolutely no idea why I am not now fully recovered....

Hey ho!

You must login to leave a comment.

What is Moodscope?

Moodscope members seek to support each other by sharing their experiences through this blog. If you’d like to receive these daily posts by email, just sign up to Moodscope now, completely free of charge.

Moodscope is an innovative way for people to treat their own low mood problems using an engaging online tool. Anyone in the world can accurately assess and track daily mood scores over a period of time. We have proved that the very act of measuring, tracking and sharing mood can actually lift it. Join now.

Blog Archive


Posts and comments on the Moodscope blog are the personal views of Moodscope members, they are for informational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice. Moodscope makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this blog or found by following any of the links.

Moodscope will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information nor for the availability of this information. The owner will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of this information.

We exist to help people to positively manage their moods. You can contribute by taking the test, sharing your experience on the blog or contributing funds so we can keep it free for all who need it.

Moodscope® is © Moodscope Ltd 2018. Developed from scales which are © 1988 American Psychological Association. Cannot be reproduced without express written permission of APA.