Fight, Flight or Freeze

In the event of danger we have a survival instinct kick in; either Fight, Flight or Freeze.

People often leave out the last one but it is really the most common in a scary situation.

We feel we are in danger so we prepare to fight back or we flee the scene as fast as possible. More common for those of us with anxiety is to freeze; to stay perfectly still until the danger has passed.

I think it is natural for people to freeze even without anxiety as it is a form of shock and gives us time to evaluate the circumstances and decide our next move.

Fighting is rarely a good option and can lead to physical injury.

Running isn’t always a good idea either, it can lead to emotional and psychological scarring.

I choose freeze, and not just because I love the snow.

What is your survival instinct?


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