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fightorflight - Copy - Copy“the situation became serious and I started to panic, but then my training kicked in”

I went over this in the last podcast in a segment called “violence.”  I spoke of it from experience.  During violence situations your brain and body does automatic things.  When the No Knock Warrant guys come they are trying to elicit that automatic response in you and your family, that is why they “hit” your house with so much force.  The response to overwhelming violence  in most people is some sort of “panic” and “shutdown” for a (brief) period of time.  During the time your mind is trying to engaged, you are black-bagged and rendered powerless.

The answer is first to know how you are should respond and then manage to do it.  It is not easy.   Often that means making automatic and hard decisions in violent situations.  The way the gangs and the military train people for this is to teach you what they want, then put you in to high stress situations and practice.   I found this article doing some research by Josh over at TheSurvivalPlaceBlog.  It addresses the same points, but from a more scientific perspective.  I shared what it felt like, Josh shares what is happening.  The “what is it, and what you can do about it” which is still training.  Remember the bad guys ave doctors on staff teaching them how to try an cause this or that involuntary response in their victims.  You have only your own research.  Some smart guy said, it is the brave that do not feel fear, it is the brave that do what needs doing even through they feel fear.

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The stress response our body goes through when we encounter a dangerous situation is largely automatic. Chemical reactions occur and hormones are released, causing involuntary responses that increase your resistance to pain, increase strength and endurance, and even improve your body’s ability to clot wounds. However, relying on purely instinctual reactions in any kind of dangerous situation can cause you to behave foolishly even in situations where the solution is obvious because stress clouds your mind. Therefore, it is extremely valuable to learn how your stress reactions work so that you can combine your improved capabilities with intelligent action.

fightorflight3How your body responds to stress

In order to properly control the fight-or-flight reaction, let’s look at how it works.

First, the body recognizes a threat: it can be anything from a visual danger (someone pointing a gun or knife at you) to something audible (an explosion, car crash, even tree limbs snapping during a storm). Some threats are natural responses that most people have, like seeing flames racing towards you, while others are cultural or learned responses such as aggressive gestures. Certain emotions can also trigger a response if they become strong enough, particularly fear and anger.

Second, your brain immediately begins switching over to “combat mode”, temporarily focusing only on needed functions to allow you to deal with a threat to your life.  More at TheSurvivalPlaceBlog