The Body's Alarm System.


Our brain instantly decides the best way to deal with the perceived threat:

FIGHT: when we need to fight our way out of trouble (adrenaline)

FLIGHT: when we need to escape the danger (adrenaline)

FREEZE: when we need to be immobile and numb (adrenaline)

FLOP: when death seems almost inevitable, the parasympathetic system activates the relaxation response - thinking processes shut off, heart rate slows, muscles relax, causing collapse and submission

FRIEND: when we need to socially connect with the threat (giggle or smile, try to befriend attackers etc)

These are all normal responses to threat. When our brain learns that a response seems to work for us, then our brain will tend to always use that same response.

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