Having run thousands of personal safety courses throughout the UK I have met many individuals who have experienced extreme fear and yet others who claim they have never actually had a Fight or Flight reaction.
Fear is normal it can significantly enhance your chances of survival in a potentially dangerous situation.
The amigdala has developed over millions of years to aid our survival and once triggered it produces powerful performance enhancing chemicals to flood the bloodstream enabling us to become , Faster, Stronger, and in many cases we can become totally desensitised to pain.
The amigdala can be triggered by any of our senses e.g, smell, sound, vison, touch, etc. but for us humans most of the information we receive is through our eye sight.
Think about the example I gave in the previous issue about walking into a public house and just getting an uncomfortable feeling.
Through your eyes alone the brain is feed a vast amount of information most of which is filtered out but even the smallest micro pieces of information that threatens your personal safety are high jacked by amigular before the logical brain gets an opportunity to analyse the situation.
So we walk into a bar, we scan our environment, read body bold language both verbally & non verbally we are all experts at this, but some people excel at this by training in NLP for instance and we will look at this in later articles.
You may also notice there seems to be an unpleasant atmosphere which you would have difficulty explaining to some-one but you just know something is not right.
Scientists have now established that this is why most of us do not become victims of violence we trust our instinct and remove ourselves from potential threats and that the small number of individuals who become victims are just not tuned into their instincts or go into denial.
Two things to remember about instinct:
Firstly it is always a response to something.
Secondly: It only has your best interest at heart.
In the next issue we will be looking at awareness and the research that has been carried out into this.
You will learn how to increase your awareness significantly so that you can become your own personal bodyguard.