Freeze, Fight or Flight?

When we get emotionally triggered, it’s common to call that our ‘fight or flight’ response. 

There’s a third option that may be the most used, however: freeze.

This is the classic posture adopted by small(er) animals. Then they choose flight, or like the possum, may just continue with freeze.

At the beginning of a potential threat, an animal (and we’re animals) may be uncertain the location or severity of the threat, even if it really is a threat. So fight or flight doesn’t make sense yet. Freeze happens.

When your brain gets hijacked by something that feels threatening, what’s your go-to – freeze, fight, or flight?

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