I began facilitating stress management classes around 1989, but here’s a tidbit of information Ilearned in a recent YTT class on stress-management.
When they did all those studies to determine what is known as the fight or flight reaction they used men. After observation those were the words that were chosen (Fight/flight) to represent the surges of adrenalin and cortisol as witnessed in a male human body. Fight. Flight. Sounds simple enough , and it’s quite true. Remember, that primal brain is still operational, despite modern evolution.
The tidbit though is about how a woman’s body responds to those same adrenal gland secretions. Recently they duplicated the same studies and discovered that neither fight or flight were the most common responses for the females. At All! What had been observed was that female bodies tended more to Freeze during stressful conditions. Think ‘deer in the headlights’ kind of reaction.
When I took a little survey among my students, men & women, I discovered that The Freeze feels much more resonate with them than fighting or fleeing….not always, but most of the time. Nearly all seemed to breathe a sigh of relief by just hearing that alternative F-word. (freeze)
Here’s some information on my studio.