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Do I Take The Nearest Exit? Fight or Flight?

Have you found yourself in this type of situation: Something or someone has provoked your fight or flight response? Somebody says or does something, or something very eventful takes place which threatens your well-being in some manner whether physically, mentally or emotionally? Do you feel the need to find your nearest exit? Or do you stay and fight? Situational and/or relational occurrences can trigger this response in a lot of us.

If you are like me and working on not getting too angry and picking the fight or taking the bait to a fight: perhaps, you find your nearest exit before things escalate out of control.

What exactly is the fight or flight response? Good question; here is a good on-line tool:

The Fight Or Flight Response information sheet describes the bodily changes most commonly associated with the ‘fight or flight’ response. ‘Fight or flight’ was first described by Walter Bradford Cannon in 1929 and identifies automatic bodily responses to perceived threat. [excerpted: psychologytools.com/fight-or-flight-response…You can download this helpful worksheet for more information https://psychologytools.com/fight-or-flight-response-free-en-us.pdf ]

Or check out this very informative blog excerpt

https://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2012/12/04/whats-the-purpose-of-the-fight-or-flight-response/ by John Grohol

Understanding the purpose of the fight or flight response can lead to greater insights into our own behavior when we’re stressed out.

The fight or flight response is characterized by feeling bodily sensations of stress — for instance, an increased heart rate and faster breathing. You can feel a pressure in your chest as though something is pressing down on you. You may also have heightened sensory sensitivity — you’re more sensitive to sights or sounds around you.

When was the last time your fight or flight response was triggered? 

Chato Stewart

PS: Joan and I are trying to learn Chinese. Google translates “Fight or Flight” as:

战斗或逃跑 - Zhàndòu huò táopǎo 
I hear it as: (Jen-do quHo Touw-Pow)
Do I Take The Nearest Exit? Fight or Flight?

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). [email protected]

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APA Reference
Stewart, C. (2017). Do I Take The Nearest Exit? Fight or Flight?. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 19, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor/2017/05/fight-or-flight/


Last updated: 10 May 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 10 May 2017
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