In the book Percy Jackson and The Olympian; The Lightning Thief, the main character, Percy Jackson has a difficult time controlling his temper and to think when and before he makes decisions. The decisions that Percy Jackson made does not only affects himself in the situation but also affects the surrounding and the people around him.
At the beginning of the book, on page 3 of chapter one, a simple dialogue between Percy Jackson and his best friend Grover hinted at Percy’s style when making decisions.
“I’m going to kill her,” I mumbled.
Grover tried to calm me down. “It’s okay, I like peanut butter.” He dodged another piece of Nancy’s lunch.
“That’s it.” I started to get up, but Grover pulled me back to my seat.
“You’re already on probation,” he reminded me. “You know who’ll get blamed if anything happens.”
In this dialogue between Percy and Grover, Percy’s actions did not add any benefits or calm down the situation. Percy is mad, aggravated, and he is showing that with his dialogues. Even though it was standing up and defending his friend, it still is not the smartest thing to do if he had thought about the consequences.
In chapter 3, page 39, we see Percy’s weaknesses again in this conversation between Percy Jackson and his mother.
She pulled a marshmallow from the fire.
“I don’t know, honey.” Her voice was heavy. “I think… I think we’ll have to do something.”
“Because you don’t want me around?” I regretted the words as soon as they were out.
My mom’s eyes well with tears. She took my hand, squeezed it tight…
Here we can detect that Percy did not put any thought into what he is saying even Percy realizes how the things he said is hurtful to his mother after, but Percy needs to learn to think before he makes a decision. Percy Jackson taking action without thinking about it logically before can lead to him making decisions that can hurt the people around him even when he did not intend to.
From these two examples, we see how Percy does not put lots of logical thinking before he takes action, has a hard time controlling his temper, and would act accordingly, even if they are not the best decision in that situation. These kinds of decision making will lead to consequences and might even be hurtful to the people around Percy. Percy needs to learn to control his emotions and think before he acts.
While reading the article Recognizing and Managing Emotions, published by Skills you Need, I realized that a lot of the tips this article is recommending would be helpful to Percy Jackson when making decisions. In the section “Positive Actions to Help you Manage Emotions,” the article stated that being open to the things going on around you, can help manage emotions.
“Be open and accept what is going on around you. Learn to appreciate what is happening and avoid excessive criticism of others or of situations. This is linked to mindfulness, which is about being aware of what is going on in the moment.”
This tip would help Percy Jackson because being open and looking at the whole picture of Percy Jackson’s surroundings would help him think and recognize his mistakes in his decisions before he takes action. Another piece of advice that the article has proposed is balancing your decisions between emotions and logic.
“If you only use one or the other, your decisions may either not be very balanced, or not support your emotional needs.”
Like we have noticed in previous incidences, Percy Jackson seems to lean more on the emotional side when making decisions Percy Jackson isn’t thinking about the consequences, and how his actions and affect his atmosphere, so learning how to balance between thinking logically and emotionally would help Percy Jackson make the right decision.
The article Recognizing and Managing Emotions proposed lots of tips that would benefit Percy Jackson in his decision-making skills, which I think would affect himself later on in the book.
It is hard to always make the right decisions, to not hurt anyone around you, and to avoid consequences when something you make a wrong choice, not just for Percy Jackson, also for myself. Sometimes it gets difficult to stay balanced and not let your emotions get overwhelming but to stay calm, to think logically before you make a judgment or take action would certainly benefit anyone, which of course includes Percy Jackson.