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An analysis of data from the last recession that is again, unfortunately, relevant.

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Appropriately enough at the start of the Great Depression in 1929, Walter Cannon came up with the term “Fight or Flight” to describe how animals would react to a stressful situation or perceived threat, such as catching sight of an approaching predator. It described the two most commonly observed behaviors that an animal would undertake when feeling threatened. His phrase became very well known and very commonly accepted. Since then there have been advances in our understanding of the reactions to extreme stress, such as being approached by a predator or perhaps predatory lender. It seems that the term Fight or Flight is actually out of order as it would have been more accurately characterized as “Flight or Fight” and it is missing a step or two in how humans as well as other animals react to threats.
There are at least four separate reactionary stages that occur…

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Written by Jeffrey M. Saltzman

March 30, 2020 at 8:40 pm

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