By Matthew Kerkhoff
Got your attention didn’t I?
This may be one of the few times I title an article in this manner, and I will contend that I’m doing it to prove a point … well, two points.
If you’re like most people, you saw that headline and immediately felt a small rush of adrenaline. Either that or you immediately wrote me off as a loony, which I wouldn’t blame you for.
If you did feel a sense of hyperarousal, it’s because your hypothalamus (a section of your brain responsible for hormone production) activated two systems in your body: your sympathetic nervous system and the adrenal-cortical system. These two systems work together to produce the fight-or-flight response.
When activated, your fight-or-flight response prepares you for action. A threat to your survival has been identified and your body engages in a series of readiness measures to better facilitate your escape.
Earlier in our evolution, it was situations ... Log in or subscribe to continue reading.