‘Run, Hide, Fight’ Is Not How Our Brains Work

‘Run, Hide, Fight’ Is Not How Our Brains Work

When you are confronted with extreme danger, one suggestion, promoted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security, and now widely disseminated, is “run, hide, fight.” The idea is: Run if you can; hide if you can’t run; and fight if all else fails. This three-step program appeals to common sense, but whether it makes scientific sense is another question. Professor LeDoux explicates why it is common to experience the freezing sensation, as if unable to react as quickly as we need to in a dangerous situation in the midst of terror.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/20/opinion/sunday/run-hide-fight-is-not-how-our-brains-work.html?action=click&contentCollection=Middle%20East&module=MostPopularFB&version=Full&region=Marginalia&src=me&pgtype=article