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Tolerance Limits vs Comfort Zones vs Survival Mode

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Understanding the Concepts

Survival Mode is a physical state of arousal and alertness that occurs in your brain and body to prepare you to deal with life and death situations. This is part of a physical response system that people have in their brains and bodies to improve the chance of survival in potentially life threatening situations.

The Survival Mode reactions that occur when a person's brain interprets a situation as being life threatening are sometimes referred to as the "fight, flight or fright" response. The person's brain tells the body it is in danger and the body reacts with aggression, avoidance or fear. Fear reactions also trigger aggression or avoidance.

Most of the brain's communication responsible for Survival Mode reactions occurs in a small part of the brain called the mid-amygdala. Once someone's brain reacts in this manner, the body experiences significant physical changes, including numerous internal chemical changes.


 

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If you understand the difference between these 3 states, then you can observe behavior more accurately and time your interventions very effectively, thus preventing most misbehaviors and intervening with less effort when misbehaviors do occur. Learn to recognize your loved one's unique behavioral patterns & changes that indicate each state.

Click here for a table that compares and contrasts the 3 states.

These chemical changes occur in order to prepare the body for aggressive action or for escaping the situation. When a person reacts with an intense physical response such as physical aggression in an attempt to defend oneself or running away in an attempt to protect oneself, the chemical & physical changes return to more normal levels relatively quickly.

However, when the person attempts to suppress the intense drive to defend oneself with physical aggression or by running away, then an excessive amount of time and effort is required for those physical and chemical changes to return to normal.



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Tolerance Limits vs Comfort Zones vs Survival Mode

Survival Mode is a physical state of arousal and alertness that occurs in your brain and body to prepare you to deal with life and death situations. This is part of a physical response system that people have in their brains and bodies to improve the chance of survival in potentially life threatening situations. The Survival Mode reactions that occur when a person's brain interprets a situation as being life threatening are sometimes referred to as the "fight, flight or fright" response.

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