Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Fight or Flight; Is it relevant?

Hello readers,

How are you? Fantastic. I hope you have enjoyed a short easter break if you were one of the lucky people to have one. If not, keep your hopes up, in Australia we find an excuse to have a day off nearly every week. Perhaps the world will catch up to us, or us the world.

Anyway, I just want to let out a rant that has been trying to escape my larynx for a few days now. Recently I was out with an old school friend of mine and he ran into some of the people your mother tells you not to play with. Guy (A pseudonym he asked me to use) had had a few too many and to cut a short story shorter, he has a rather nasty bruise under his eye. I meanwhile froze up and did nothing until the whole thing was over. So this obviously started me thinking on the topic of fight or flight.

Obviously back then it was taken as it was - you fight or you flee. But, as all things are these days, these words are representations of a number of different responses. In an argument, for example, one could persist heavily, almost angrily, or simply back-out or say nothing. (Note: Perhaps apathy is the new flight?) In any case, I have always thought there was a third stance, when you are caught between the two. And I find it amazing that a response controlled by the primal, instinctive side of our nervous system can be abruptly interrupted by the human condition; that is, indecisiveness. I thought that when it all boiled down to it I would have an immediate response. I guess I was wrong.

I'd love to hear about your stories/thoughts/plans.

Take care of yourselves, fight is not always the best.

- Oscar


  1. fight or flight is an instinctual reaction of some animals. it only applies to humans metaphorically.

  2. -E- said it, I can't explain it better.