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Why do we freeze when we're scared?

Why we sometimes become paralyzed with fear.

frozen in fear

In what situations does your body just ... stop?

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Most people are probably familiar with the classic fight or flight response to a feared stimulus. If a snake were to fall from the ceiling on top of you as you read this, you have two options: fight off the snake or get away from it as quickly as possible.

The fight or flight response is a primitive and powerful survival reaction. Once the brain has perceived a danger or threat,

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