Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Body Language: Freeze, Fight, or Flight

According to "What Every Body is Saying" by Joe Navarro, the "Fight or Flight" syndrome is not complete because it also includes Freezing (staying in place and not moving). In nature, sometimes Freezing is safest option when running or fighting simply would get you killed. It is commonly referred to as "deer in the head lights". While this freezing effect is obvious when someone seems too stunned to move away from danger, it is often seen in subtle ways when a person suddenly quiets down or speaks less and limits movement. Sometimes this is seen if another person comes into the room. This should make you wonder if there is fear or a feeling of sub-ordinance in the person who freezed.

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