What is the fight, flight or freeze response?

What is the fight, flight or freeze response?

The animal kingdom and human beings have evolved ways to help us protect ourselves from danger.  When we feel under threat our bodies react by releasing certain hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol.  These hormones:

• Make us feel more alert, so we can act quickly – our senses are heightened to respond to any sudden noises or movements. 

• Make our hearts beat faster, quickly sending blood to where it’s needed most – most likely our muscles, perhaps to escape an attacker, make an important decision that’s potentially life or death.

After we feel the threat has passed, our bodies release other hormones to help our muscles relax.  This can sometimes cause us to shake.

Written by Imojinn