We’ve all felt the grips of a really scary dream. Waking with a gasp, face
“Fight or flight”
While few of us actually enjoy being scared, fear serves an incredibly important function in our well-being. The fear response alerts us to potential dangers. Snakes, spiders, being alone, strangers – these are all elements in our environment that could cause us harm.
Evolution’s solution to cope with these threatening stimuli is to prepare the body to either stand up and be brave or run. The heart racing, the rapid breathing, the heightened alertness. Fight or flight. In essence this evoked fear response helps keep you focused on the perceived threat and ready to react safely.