Flight & Fight / episode 3 Show Notes

Updated: Mar 28



FLIGHT & FIGHT

(Sympathetic, evolved with bony fish)

BIOLOGY OF FLIGHT & FIGHT

The body is being mobilized

  • Heart rate speeds up

  • blood pressure increases

  • Cortisol and adrenaline increase

  • Muscle tension

  • Limbs used for getting away or being aggressive

  • Increased metabolism

  • Pupil dilation

  • Sweat

SURVIVAL MODE

  • Pain tolerance increases to help with running or fighting

  • Better able to scan the environment to find danger

  • Breathing becomes shorter and faster, to increase heart rate and stay mobilized

  • Faster rate of speaking since we’re inhaling less

Survival mode isn’t intended to be ongoing

  • It’s supposed to be acute, sympathetic energy is supposed to be released in a burst of running or fighting

  • People that come from abusive homes aren’t getting the relief of discharging the sympathetic activation

DOWN THE LADDER

We are no longer in Safe & Social

  • Creating distance between ourselves and others

  • Others are now a threat

Facial Cues

  • No longer identifying or giving facial social cues

  • Now identifying neutral faces as threat

Hearing

  • Middle ear muscles turn off to better hear deep sounds or high sounds

  • Harder to understand the sound or meaning of human voice

DAILY EXPERIENCE

  • Flight: panic, anxiety, fear, dread, on guard, hypervigilant, foot tapping

  • Fight: Anger, rage, irritation, aggression, muscles tense, clenched fists

  • Both: Flat affect, wide eyes, distracted, sitting upright or forward, shallow breathing, breathing into shoulders or chest, not hearing safe people, sensing danger everywhere, speaking faster and louder, increased heart rate

USE-DEPENDENT

  • The nervous system adapts based on the needs of survival

  • Being in a State of Flight/Fight can become chronic

  • We can become dangerous to ourselves or others

COMING OUT OF DANGER

  • Requires safely discharging the energy

  • Done in a safe environment with a safe person

  • Moving from Danger to Safety can feel like danger, keeping someone in the flight/fight state



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