Monday, March 31, 2008

FIGHT, FLIGHT, OR FREEZE?

My husband went to a seminar a month or so ago and was telling me about what he learned. One of the classes was about our brain. One part of the brain is the Prefrontal Cortex. With it we have effective communication, emotional balance, ability to choose, strategic thinking, empathy, intuition, fear moderation, and morality. Another part of our brain is the Limbic. It is the seat of emotion and memory and is crucial in decision-making and it contains the "amygdala". The third part of our brain is the Reptilian (kind of a creepy name). It regulates our breathing, heartbeat, etc., basic reproduction, and makes us react to given situations in either a Fight, Flight or Freeze mode (triggered by the amygdala).

I thought this was extremely interesting. It made me think how I react in situations. Do I run away, stand and fight, or freeze? After thinking about this, I decided that in most cases I "fight". There may be times when I "freeze" also. I may even "freeze" and then in a minute "fight". It makes me think that next time I start to "freeze", I'll recoginize what I am doing and change my reaction to "fight". I think that whatever you do, it is because of how you were raised, things that happened to you in your life, and what makes up your character. It also has made me look at other people and try to figure out if they are a Fight, Flight or Freeze person. Sometimes it's easy to see in other people, and sometimes not.

But here's one more question I have? Is "fight" the answer for every situation?

3 comments:

Delirious said...

I also think that part of the "flight" response is to ignore. I have known many people who, when confronted with troubles, choose to hide their head in the sand and pretend it isn't happening. This too, is a way of "flight"

gilbert girl said...

Yes, fight to the death. I don' think the Lord ever wants us to give up.

Native Minnow said...

I think I'm more of a 'freeze' person. If I ever have a car come barreling at me while I walk down the sidewalk, I'm pretty much screwed.