The Panic Response:
The Panic Response taps into a very old and very strong part of the brain. It evolved long before most of the rest of the human brain. The Panic Response is something we share with all other mammals.
The Panic Response is when the brain senses it is in extreme danger. Certain systems take over that initially evolved to help the animal when in intense danger…
There are three major components to the Panic Response, which anybody can observe just by looking at the way startled animals behave.
Fight, Flight or Freeze
A ton of adrenal is dumped into the blood stream, making you jittery and engrgetic to allow for rapid flight or quickness in fighting. You may feel your heart beating extra fast and feel that your senses of certain things are heightened.
The Freeze response gets less attention, but it is just as integral. Freeze is what deer do in the headlights. This is a behaviour that is adapted to preventing a dangerous and more powerful opponent from noticing you. Deer freeze in car headlights, because in the forest world they evolved in, freezing helps protect them from predators that listen and watch for movement.
The thing is that “fight,” and it’s lesser cousin “posture threateningly” are the rarer response, because it is by far the most risky. Freeze and flight usually require less risk.