Do you know someone with Little Man Syndrome?

Dealing with anyone who is angry can be challenging, but adding the complexity of “little man syndrome” (a term sometimes used to describe individuals who compensate for feelings of inadequacy by behaving in an overly aggressive or domineering manner) can make it even more difficult. Here are some steps you might consider:

  1. Remain Calm: Keep your own emotions in check. Responding with anger or frustration can escalate the situation further.
  2. Empathize: Try to understand where the person is coming from. Often, underlying insecurities or frustrations drive their behavior. Empathizing doesn’t mean condoning their behavior but understanding it.
  3. Listen: Let them vent their frustrations. Sometimes, people just need to feel heard. Actively listening can help defuse the situation.
  4. Set Boundaries: Firmly but respectfully establish boundaries for acceptable behavior. Let them know that aggressive or disrespectful behavior is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.
  5. Avoid Confrontation: If possible, try to de-escalate the situation without engaging in confrontation. Sometimes, simply removing yourself from the situation can be the best course of action.
  6. Stay Safe: If you feel physically threatened, prioritize your safety above all else. Remove yourself from the situation and seek help if necessary.
  7. Seek Assistance: If the person’s behavior is persistent or escalating, consider involving a supervisor, authority figure, or mediator who can help resolve the situation.
  8. Be Patient: Changing behavior takes time. Be patient and persistent in your efforts to maintain a respectful and calm demeanor, even in the face of aggression.

Remember, you can only control your own actions and reactions. Focus on managing yourself and your responses rather than trying to change the behavior of others.

Thank you to Tony Evers and Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development for awarding Unified Community Services with the Gold Award for Being a Veteran Ready Employer!

Award Presentation at Unified Community Services 2.13.2024

Event in Lancaster September 9, 2023 6pm

Join us for a luminary event in support of mental health awareness and suicide prevention. Luminaries will be available at no cost, to customize as you wish with stickers, markers, a photograph, etc.

Everyone has mental health, and 1 in 5 adults will suffer from a mental illness in their lifetime. In 2022, suicide was the 11th leading cause of death in the US. We are all affected by this, either personally, or by having a friend or family member battling a mental illness. Let’s gather together to spread the message of hope.

All are welcome. Come as you can. Brief ceremony will be held at 7:00 pm.

Resilient Farms and Families

Resilient Farms & Families: Responding to Stress – Farm Management The ongoing economic conditions in agriculture are taking a toll on farm families and their rural communities. The associated chronic stress is also impacting mental and physical well-being, relationships, and decision-making. Extension helps farmers, families, businesses, and communities remain resilient by learning how to manage stress and use planning tools to make sound decisions and create a road-map for the future. Find out more at the link below!

Medication Safety

Safeguard Medications in your Home
Tuesday, October 26th at 1:30 PM via ZOOM

Over 95% of U.S. opioid exposures for kids occur at home.

Attend this informational Zoom program with Susan Mahaney of Unified Community Services to find out how to keep your family safe and receive a FREE lock bag. Register by calling the library at 608.723.7304 or

Funded by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant and the Wisconsin State Opioid Response Grant

Drug Take Back Day, October 23, 2021

Too often, unused and unwanted medications find their way into the wrong hands. That’s dangerous and often tragic. Bringing unused and unwanted medications to a Drug Take Back Day collection site protects you, your family, and your community. The next Drug Take Back Day is October 23, 2021.
Find a collection site near you at

Take Back Day Event in Iowa County:
Highland Village Police Department
530 Main St.
Saturday, October 23, 2021, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Iowa, Grant and Lafayette County Drop Off Locations: