Fight Or Flight Response By Julia Layton Essays

842 Words Apr 10th, 2015 4 Pages
It is a common human trait to fear the unknown, and with good reason. Often during our more early years as a species the unknown would lead to death. We have developed instincts as a species to avoid danger and survive at all costs. One of these features that has evolved with our species is called “Fight or Flight Response” in an article written by How Stuff Works, Julia Layton tells us that “When the hypothalamus tells the sympathetic nervous system to kick into gear, the overall effect is that the body speeds up, tenses up and becomes generally very alert”. This same response will initiate for various reasons and is a learned response. It has played pivotal roles in keeping us alive as a species for generations. When you’re faced with an unknown situations, especially when you have knowledge it can possibly be dangerous this system allows us to defend ourselves more ferociously or escape at a more rapid pace. This is not something a human being can call upon on demand. It is something that the brain with automatically do when put under certain situations. Survival is the main goal of the human brain. It gives no care to whether another person’s emotional state is damaged. So then picture the scenario as thus. You’re walking down a dimly lit street where known violence has happened to other people, possibly even death has occurred from this. As you’re walking down the street you see a person perceived to be following you. For right now I don’t want you to imagine them as…

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