What is the collapse response?

Collapse is a state of hypo-arousal. When a person begins to experience this response, they may not be able to speak, and they feel detached or disconnected from their body. Their heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature lower.

What is the difference between freeze and collapse?

Freeze is when neither fighting or flighting is a response, feeling frozen is the choice instead. Lastly, Collapse is when the response is to comply with threat.

What does the freeze response feel like?

Freeze – Feeling stuck in a certain part of the body, feeling cold or numb, physical stiffness or heaviness of limbs, decreased heart-rate, restricted breathing or holding of the breath, a sense of dread or foreboding.


What are the 5 responses?

Fight, flight, freeze, flop, friend

All five responses are our bodies' automatic ways of protecting us from further harm and surviving a dangerous situation: Fight: physically fighting, pushing, struggling, and fighting verbally e.g. saying 'no'.

What is a fawn response?

The fawn response, a term coined by therapist Pete Walker, describes (often unconscious) behavior that aims to please, appease, and pacify the threat in an effort to keep yourself safe from further harm.


Working with the Freeze Response in the Treatment of Trauma with Stephen Porges, PhD



What is the fourth trauma response?

The most well-known responses to trauma are the fight, flight, or freeze responses. However, there is a fourth possible response, the so-called fawn response. Flight includes running or fleeing the situation, fight is to become aggressive, and freeze is to literally become incapable of moving or making a choice.

Is mirroring a trauma response?

It's a maladaptive way of creating safety in our connections with others by essentially mirroring the imagined expectations and desires of other people. Often times, it stems from traumatic experiences early on in life, as I described in last month's article.

What are the 4 types of trauma responses?

The four trauma responses most commonly recognized are fight, flight, freeze, fawn, sometimes called the 4 Fs of trauma.

What are the 4 F's in psychology?

In evolutionary psychology, people often speak of the four Fs which are said to be the four basic and most primal drives that animals are evolutionarily adapted to have, follow, and achieve: fighting, fleeing, feeding and fornicating.


What is fawn in fight, flight Freeze?

Thus defining what is now called fight, flight, freeze, and fawn: Fight: facing any perceived threat aggressively. Flight: running away from the danger. Freeze: unable to move or act against a threat. Fawn: immediately acting to try to please to avoid any conflict.

What is shutdown dissociation?

Shutdown dissociation includes partial or complete functional sensory deafferentiation, classified as negative dissociative symptoms (see Nijenhuis, 2014; Van Der Hart et al., 2004). The Shut-D focuses exclusively on symptoms according to the evolutionary-based concept of shutdown dissociative responding.

How do you get out of a freeze response?

Final Thoughts on How to Overcome the Freeze Response:
  1. Use relaxation and breathing exercises to gain more control over your mind and body,
  2. Reconnect with your environment through grounding techniques,
  3. Find a safe space (if possible) where you can collect your thoughts,
  4. Seek comfort and support from someone you trust.


Can your body get stuck in fight or flight mode?

In your daily life, you may experience moments of these states before your body self regulates and brings you back into a place of calm. However, if you are under chronic stress or have experienced trauma, you can get stuck in sympathetic fight or flight or dorsal vagal freeze and fold.


What is PTSD shutdown?

That's what PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is—our body's overreaction to a small response, and either stuck in fight and flight or shut down. People who experience trauma and the shutdown response usually feel shame around their inability to act, when their body did not move.

What is attachment cry?

Ms. Steele: Attachment cry has nothing to do with secure attachment. It's an incredibly defensive and desperate kind of measure in which the client is really focused on gaining the care and attention of the therapist. They are not interested in and cannot focus in that moment on, “What's going on with me?

Is freeze response the same as dissociation?

Dissociation is an adaptive response to threat and is a form of “freezing”. It is a strategy that is often used when the option of fighting or running (fleeing) is not an option.

Can you have all 4 trauma responses?

The most well-known responses to trauma are the fight, flight, or freeze responses. However, there is a fourth possible response, the so-called fawn response. Flight includes running or fleeing the situation, fight is to become aggressive, and freeze is to literally become incapable of moving or making a choice.


What are the four primal instincts?

In evolutionary psychology, people often speak of the four Fs which are said to be the four basic and most primal drives (motivations or instincts) that animals (including humans) are evolutionarily adapted to have, follow, and achieve: fighting, fleeing, feeding and sex.

Is crying a fight or flight response?

Crying during an argument is actually a response to feeling threatened, Klow says. People who instinctively react this way feel overwhelmed by strong emotion during a conflict and may even have a fear of arguing, Dr. Durvasula says.

What do trauma responses Look Like?

fear, anxiety and panic. shock – difficulty believing in what has happened, feeling detached and confused. feeling numb and detached. not wanting to connect with others or becoming withdrawn from those around you.

What are the 3 types of trauma?

There are three main types of trauma: Acute, Chronic, or Complex
  • Acute trauma results from a single incident.
  • Chronic trauma is repeated and prolonged such as domestic violence or abuse.
  • Complex trauma is exposure to varied and multiple traumatic events, often of an invasive, interpersonal nature.


How do you recognize trauma responses?

Here are some common reactions to trauma:
  1. Losing hope for the future.
  2. Feeling distant (detached) or losing a sense of concern about others.
  3. Being unable to concentrate or make decisions.
  4. Feeling jumpy and getting startled easily at sudden noises.
  5. Feeling on guard and alert all the time.


What causes the fawn response?

“The fawn response happens when we grew up or later on live in a high conflict environment,” explains therapist, educator and yoga teacher, Gen Angela. “So, as a coping mechanism, we try to avoid the abuse, avoid the conflict, avoid the trauma really, by developing these behaviors to appease the person we're afraid of.

What is a fawn personality?

Fawning refers to consistently abandoning your own needs to serve others to avoid conflict, criticism, or disapproval. Fawning is also called the “please and appease” response and is associated with people-pleasing and codependency. “Fawn types seek safety by merging with the wishes, needs, and demands of others.

Is being too nice a trauma response?

Just to review, fawning refers to a trauma response in which a person reverts to people-pleasing to diffuse conflict and reestablish a sense of safety. It was first coined by Pete Walker, who wrote about this mechanism pretty brilliantly in his book “Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving.”