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Flight or fight

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There are now three recognized reactions when confronted with something startling or potentially dangerous: flight, fight, or freeze (can also be considered a category of flight). The physical reactions at the beginning of all the reactions are very close to the same, the subsequent actions are the determining factors of the strategy and the label that will prevail. The individual reactions have been developed from early childhood on; none speak to the character or value of the different beings having the reactions, though males tend toward aggression and females toward flight. Those who always fly or always fight will have more difficulty coming unscathed from all their negative encounters since they are much less able to adapt to these situations than those who take a brief moment to evaluate it, then decide which reaction to go with. Always fighting is more likely to create an even worse situation than the original one, always fleeing may not resolve the problem, and freezing is a temporary solution at best, one must prepare for flight or fight once the paralysis , voluntary or not, has lifted. These strategies have their positive and negative aspects but one must learn to use them only when one must. A society of beings all fighting or flying all at same time all the time wouldn’t work very well. There must be an organization, a pattern in all societies that allows its members to live unthreatened lives the majority of the time. There are bodily functions that are activated or depressed when an individual is threatened that can hurt that individual if they go on too long. One must be able to live in proximity with different species or see the end of your own species from unnatural or extensive fright responses. The flight or fight response must be finely honed because there will be circumstances when it is necessary for survival, but thinking about those circumstances so much that a healthy balance cannot be maintained is a mistake you don’t want to make. Wouldn’t you like to have your chosen response ready to be used and not blunted by overuse?

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