What is the Fight or flight response and how can I learn to control it?
To look at Fight or Flight, let’s get the science part out of the way first as it is important.
Fight or Flight actually starts with your wiring or the Nervous System as it is called, which is made up of two parts:
The Central Nervous System (CNS) which consists of the brain and the spinal cord and receives sensory information from the eyes, ears, etc. and the Peripheral Nervous System (PNS) which has nerve filters carrying information from the brain and back and are involved in emotions such as fear, love, and anger.
Great, but what does all of this mean?
What this means is that you are receiving signals which go up and down in intensity and this changes how they affect your response. A perceived threat makes you act “instinctively” to avoid or deal with that threat. This is often classed as the Fight or Flight response.
Another definition of The Fight or Flight response?
Why is the law important to me when I defend myself in a fight?
This is a very common question.
To help answer it, let’s imagine a relatively common scenario.
So there you are in a pub or bar, minding your own business and someone threatens you for no reason. The verbals escalate and a fight ensues, you are mad and get the better of your assailant.
You knock him out cold.
He asked for it and you are still fuming. Just to make sure you give him a few boots in the head as he lays prostrate on the floor. People intervene and the fight is stopped. Fine. Well done. But…
The next thing you know you are arrested and after a short trial you are serving 6 months for aggravated assault. Oops! What happened? He started the fight. He attacked me. He got what he deserved. I don’t get it.
This is what happened. You didn’t understand the law and how it works.
What is Personal Safety and why is it different to self-defense?
To help answer that question here is a quote from the Combat Academy in the UK
“There is a big difference between self-defense and personal safety. Self-defense is predicated on the fact that you are in a very bad place, to begin with. Things have already gone wrong or escalated and violence has already occurred or is an imminent threat. As such, self-defense is making sure the situation doesn’t get any worse or surviving the encounter – it is damage control, pure and simple. However, no damage control is EVER as good as preventing the problem in the first place. That’s personal safety..”
To be specific …
The difference between personal safety and Self-Defense could be defined as:
Personal Safety is the process of minimizing and controlling your exposure to potentially dangerous or violent situations, through awareness and planning of actions.