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4 Types of Survival Reactions & How To Get Out Of Them

No one wants to live stuck in a Survival Mode.

However, there is so much marketing done in the self-help industry around getting out of the Survival Mode, that it almost starts to look like the Survival Mode is all wrong.

The problem is, that to get out of the Survival Mode, it's first practical to know, WHAT is Survival Mode, and WHY it's helpful in the first place.

There are 4 psychological survival reactions:

  1. Fight - beat the enemy.

  2. Flight - escape the enemy.

  3. Freeze - disappear from the sight of the enemy (give up the fight altogether).

  4. Fawn - give the enemy what it wants to be safe.

(If you want to go deep into this topic, check Pete Walker's book: Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving)

They are called survival reactions because they are extremely practical for our survival - both psychol