As many of you have heard, millions of years ago our ancestors traveled the African Savanna as animals. Along their travels, they encountered several species or predators capable of chasing them down and feeding them to their carnivore like family. No need to worry though, the animals being hunted did have a few survival tricks up their sleeves.
In order for our ancestors to succeed and survive, the limbic side of the brain, had to develop strategies to make up for the power that the predators had over them. One of the first responses these animals had in their arsenal of defense tactics initiated by the limbic brain was the freeze response. These animals learned rather quickly that the predators were attracted to movement. In situations like these the limbic brain takes over the body and forces the person or animal to freeze. Of course, there are animals to this day that take it to the extreme and play dead. What is even more unique is that even humans today play dead in very hostile situations. I’m sure you can think of a few scenarios when humans played dead or would play dead.
Even more interesting, the freeze response has been passed from primitive man to modern man. Although, the freeze response is more subtle in todays time, it still gives off the same impression. For example, when a person (an amateur) is bluffing in poker they may freeze up. If you feel you have the hand read, go ahead and make the announcement to the player and watch for a freeze.
Can you think of another example that creates a freeze response in us? How about when you’re walking out to your car from work and you realize you forget your jacket? Next time pay attention to that brief “freeze” moment and feel free to come back to this post and comment your results!
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