Personal Safety: Fight-or-flight?

Personal Safety: Fight-or-flight?

The fight-or-flight response is a physiological (the bodies automatic state of readiness) reaction the occurs in response to a perceived harmful event, attack or threat to survival. This response has been the dominant model for human (and nonhuman animal) responses to stress.

Tend-and-befriend is a behaviour exhibited by some animals, including humans, in response to threat. It refers to protection of offspring (tending) and seeking out the social group for mutual defense (befriending) and is regard as the typical female response to stress.

Although both men and women show the biological fight-or-flight pattern of arousal (e.g., elevated heart rate and blood pressure), they tend to deal with stressful situations differently. Males are more likely to respond to an emergency situation with aggression (fight), while females, who have lower levels of circulation androgens such as testosterone, which are associated with aggression are more likely to flee (flight), turn to others for help, or attempt to defuse the situation - "tend-and-befriend."

In today's society, these responses persist, but flight-or-flight responses have evolved into a wider range of behaviours. For example, the flight response may be manifested in angry, argumentative behaviour, and the flight response may be manifested through social withdrawal, substance abuse and even television viewing.

'Never the victim' - an award-winning series of personal safety workshops ('fight like a girl' - 'personal safety men' - 'street wise') created by eudo, was designed to empower men, women and young people in their pursuit to overcome a perceived harmful event, attack or threat to survival.

With our holistic approach, summarised by our mantra 'knowledge from research, coaching from experience', the workshops mainly look to combat violence in two forms:

1. The threats of family and intimate partner violence - this is, violence largely between family members and intimate partners. This usually, although not exclusively, takes place in the home, as it most often carried out by intimate partners (domestic violence) or abuse of the elderly.

2. Community violence - violence between individuals who are unrelated, and who may or may not know each other, generally taking place outside the home and includes youth violence, random acts of violence, rape or sexual assault by strangers, and violence in institutional settings such as workplaces.

It needs three elements for a violent or aggressive incident to happen - a perpetrator, a victim and an opportunity. If you take away the opportunity, the incident cannot happen. Our workshops are designed to show you how to minimise the opportunities so that you reduce the chances of becoming a victim and also to give you the tools to defend yourself should the worst happen.

If you would like to attend one of our workshops or you simply want to find out more about how we can assist your personal safety needs, use the Contact Us form for questions and comments.

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