Welcome back to our stress responses series; what they are and how they manifest in different contexts. So far, we’ve explored the different stages of the freeze response: Freeze in a survival scenario and Freeze during social threats, and in our last blog, you survived the ultimate cage fight with Michael Myers (you’ll have to go back and read that one if you are wondering how you survived). As you are starting to see, stress responses have a lot of overlap and often manifest as a cascade of physiological manifestations with the sole purpose of survival. In this blog post we will look at some relational aspects of the fight response in our daily lives.
The fight or fight responses ebb and flow throughout our daily interactions with others and are dependent on a host of different experiences that prime our brains to react in one way or another. Remember we learned what neurological priming is in the freeze response article. These are natural human reactions to our environments and who we surround ourselves with. Knowing how to recognize them and then developing the skills to re-regulate your body will help you interact with your others in more effective and healthy ways.