To diffuse a problem, patterns need to be broken. When we diffuse a situation, we are releasing the tension, or releasing the power that the problem has. Once the power is gone, then new thoughts and actions can enter. To release the tension, we must first acknowledge the situation for what it is, not to fear it, but to embrace and accept it. Once the situation is identified, once we are aware, then we can look at it objectively rather than with fear. Once we label something, then we can control it.