posted on Aug, 1 2008 @ 03:30 PM
reply to post by Vasa Croe
I agree some would be quicker to jump on the offensive than others, whereas some would never fight and yet others completely freeze or faint.
Fighting, fleeing, freezing or fainting all have a single purpose: ensuring our survival. Which strategy is chosen depends on a number of variables,
immediate rudimentary assessment of the situation, self image and training are indeed among them. Still, we can't consciously choose to fight just as
we can't choose to faint. Predicting how this system would act in ourselves is impossible and criticizing others for their chosen strategy makes
You are exactly right about not fighting when watching some else being attacked. In most people, the system would never enter a situation detrimental
to our own survival. I believe the only way for a human to help another in such a situation is if the system is convinced the risks are low enough. I
do not believe in the existence of altruism (helping solely because it's the right thing to do).
Regarding the thought process, I guess it depends on what qualifies as 'a thought'. In case of an FFF-response, conscious thoughts cannot occur
because the frontal lobe (where such thoughts occur) is 'shut down' if you will. There is no information entering or exiting this area because this
would eat up valuable time which might result in death.
You could indeed argue that the response is not entirely instinctual as instincts tend to be unalterable, so the outcome does rely on certain
'unconscious thoughts' for lack of a better term. We have no direct access to these thoughts however, they originate from the deepest parts of our
brain where things like heart rate and body temperature are regulated.
Would the situation have been different if the guy had turned to attack another passenger? Then what would you do? Each passenger would have
had time at this point to assess the situation. Would this have made a difference in the decision? I think like you said....some are just wired to
do something while others are wired not to.
Everyone is wired to survive. If the attacker turned on another passenger he would be perceived as
an even bigger threat and the chance of anyone choosing the fight-strategy would decrease I'd say. Also, the amount of time passed would make little
difference. Once the flight-strategy is initiated anyone would have a tough time regaining control before a safe distance is reached.