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Fight or flight response: 9 ways you could benefit from the self test

When I first came across the idea of fight or flight response built-in our body, it was a big eye-opener for me. I will never forget, but this idea opened me up to the fact that I might come to the point that I start to believe that one day possibly I can overcome a decade long panic disorder hell in my life.

Today as I’m writing the fight or flight response self-help test for you, I have no more panic attacks. And I couldn’t be more grateful for the fact that I could overcome 15 years of panic. I wish you the best of luck with your test.

The self-test below it is easy to use.

The big numbered title gives some idea about one of the fight-or-flight response experience. If you tap or click on the “Explanation” button, you can see some explanation indeed appears to the question to the left. After you selected the one you can resonate the most that could help you to get better understanding one aspect of the fight-or-flight response.



What does it mean when something is physiological?

With regards to the meaning of when something is physiological.
Have you ever noticed your skin physiology to change due to stress?

Explanation

When I was 18 years old, I had acne on my forehead. I’m sure it was due to anxiety.

I heard about, though, that acne could flare up due to stress.


➋ How fight-or-flight response related to the physiological reaction?

According to the above-explained physiological reaction: have you ever noticed any bodily response to a threat? Like palpitations, for instance, as a reaction to a fear.

Explanation

It happened to me many times. Sometimes I experience a panic attack, and it feels like a life-threatening situation.

I’m not scared of anything. That is not true, of course, but I’m not that scary kind.


❸ If animals biologically prepared to fight or flight, how does the same biological response manifests in our life to threat?

Do you remember the time when you ever experienced a dangerous situation in which you were mentally, emotionally unease, and were thinking whether to stay or run?

Explanation

I know. Yes. It often happens to me. And it’s kind of annoying because flying in an airplane is supposed to be the safest transportation according to the statistics. But it is not just about if I am a nervous passenger on any flight. My anxiety often peaks out, and I would just run away from the panic attack. But guess what? I can not escape from any panic attack.

I know what you’re asking, and of course, when we need to run, then you better run, right? But otherwise, you know, I’m fine.


❹ Could a mother truly lift a car to save her child?

Have you ever experienced a superpower came out of nowhere just by thinking about it, for example, right before the finishing line?

Explanation

And indeed, I experienced that sometimes I could press out some extra power from myself just by thinking about it to push harder or finishing the exercise. It’s interesting, so is this how our biology can align with our brain commands consciously or unconsciously?

We are just ordinary human beings.


❺ Remember any of the symptoms of a typical fight or flight response?

Throughout intense fear you have experienced, do you remember any of the physical effects?

Explanation

I remember the dry mouth and the handshaking too.

And it doesn’t even sound familiar to me that fight or flight? I mean, what’s this, come on.


➏ Have you seen Derren Brown: Sacrifice on Netflix?

Do you think we are conditioning ourselves originally to respond with fight or flight on danger? Remember that alarm sound from Derren Brown: Sacrifice Netflix show?

Explanation

That’s correct. When you got triggered by a situation, fear arises in a matter of moments, and then the panic comes in similarly as Phil got triggered in the Netflix show.

It’s hard to say. I can’t recall if I have ever experienced such a thing.


What was it last time that triggered a fight or flight response in you?

What triggered last time your fight or flight response? A sudden sound or was there something you saw? A consequence of a thought process? What triggered you last time?

Explanation

I conclude something that scared me so much that I end up frozen. That was a kind of moment of fight or flight response.

But the current virus situation sometimes scares me.


➑ We are not the same sensitive to experiencing fight or flight response.

Do you think your body is highly sensitive to experiencing fight or flight response?

Explanation

So I guess I could say that I’m highly sensitive for the fight-or-flight response.

Probably I’m not that sensitive. I like extreme sports too.


➒ How do you respond most? Fight or flight?

How do you usually react to a threat? Fight? Or flight?

Explanation

I don’t like fighting. And most of the time, the best solution to escape or run as fast as you can.

I avoid unnecessary conflicts, but if someone came up to me, I’d give them my fucking best.



Conclusion

If you made this far, you probably have a fresh idea about the body reaction of threat. It’s good to know about the fact that we have a biologically built-in system that is here for preparing us to run if needed in a fraction of a second. 

To me, it’s so fascinating that this system is so fast that it even overrides the thinking process. Can you imagine? If we only would rely on to think about whether to fight or flight, it would have been most of the time too late. It’s a perfect built-in system in our body.

Anxiety or other mental illnesses can trigger, on the other hand, the fight or flight response as we tend to perceive life-threatening danger (much much) more often.

Start a discussion with yourself to understand more thoroughly how the fight or flight response works to understand your panic or anxiety better. It’s right for you because the more you know your mental difficulties, the better chance you can gain to overcome it.

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