Fight or flight response

Hypnotherapy Reading

The body has a protection system which has not yet evolved and so acts in the same way it did thousands of years ago. When it senses danger, it triggers a stress response which is intended to keep you alive. The type of danger was generally from animals or other humans and so required physical action.  Just imagine being chased by a sabre tooth tiger, or being attacked by a member of your tribe; running or fighting would be the only way to survive. For that reason, this response is often called the ‘fight or flight’ response. 


This response is carried out by the subconscious part of your brain also known as the unconscious.  The subconscious mind works much faster than the conscious mind, it is 1 million times more powerful.  The subconscious part of your brain reacts immediately in this situation because its purpose is to keep you alive.   


When your protection system senses a threat, it triggers a series of reactions in your body that ultimately creates and pumps adrenaline around your body. 

This prepares you for the immediate action of fighting or fleeing the situation. The adrenaline causes a change in body temperature and blood pressure. Blood is diverted away from parts of the body such as digestion and frontal lobes and towards the arms and legs. There is no need for the digestive system to work or for the brain to think logically at that exact moment because all the body cares about is enabling you to fight or run away. It just needs your arms and legs to work.


If the stress response is triggered by a real physical threat then the action of running or fighting would utilise the adrenaline.  In today’s society the threat is usually perceived and not physical.  This means the adrenaline and other chemicals created by the body are not used up. The effects of adrenaline running through the system include dry mouth, funny tummy, rapid heartbeat, anxiety, sweating and palpitations. 


Some people experience the fight or flight response on a regular basis. They are stuck in survival mode when there is no threat to their safety. Almost as if the stress response has become too sensitive.


This can easily be changed with Hypnotherapy and PSYCH-K.