Back in the 1969s, Jean Briggs discovered that the Inuit families she was staying with and studying were very good at controlling any outward signs of anger, both towards Briggs and towards others within the Inuit community. Briggs was also intrigued when she saw an Inuit mother allow her angry child to strike her, only to then cry out in pain. The Inuit tend to discipline children by teaching them about consequences or using folklore and stories. Yelling, by contrast, is seen as inappropriate.
- Inuit parents do not believe in yelling or scolding children, especially the very young
- Inuits believe that when a child is acting out, they are attempting to communicate a need they do not have the skill to communicate
- Inuits teach that yelling at a child is not only demeaning, but does not provide the tools to deal with the issue.
“Briggs quickly realized something remarkable was going on in these families: The adults had an extraordinary ability to control their anger.”