Whenever one is on the receiving end of a flurry of emotion, it is important that no rash action is undertaken, for it is in an individuals moment of immense emotion that the least effective action is most often taken.
The prefrontal cortex is an area of the brain which can be found at the front of the frontal lobe. It is within the context of immense emotion that it plays a vital role, as it is responsible fora variety of complex processes including but not limited to planning, personality development, decision, action, and emotion regulation.
What is curious about the prefrontal cortex is that during times of immense emotion, most if not all other processes it is responsible for are unattended to. In the process, an individual is left unable to make proper decision, action, plans or have proper foresight.
One will often find that stepping back from a situation when faced with immense emotion, will provide the PFC with enough time to regulate its processes. Only then will one be able to access the tools within their mind to take the proper course of action.