Fear Paralysis Reflex

The fear paralysis reflex acts as a defence mechanism to protect us from a perceived threat, and is often seen when were exposed to a dangerous or frightening situation. This reflex is present at birth, and should integrate at 4 months.

When retained, symptoms may include:

  • Low tolerance to stress
  • Poor adaptability and/or dislike of change or surprise
  • Anxiety that is seemingly unrelated to reality
  • When younger, may lead to screaming, kicking, biting or running away
  • Hypersensitivity to touch, sound, or changes in the visual field
  • Fatigue easily, always tired
  • Breath holding/fainting, crying until fainting as a child
  • Insecure/lack of trust in oneself, fear of social embarrassment, difficulty making eye contact
  • Overly clingy or unable to easily accept or display affection
  • Negativism, defeatist attitude
  • Temper tantrums
  • Won’t try new activities, especially where comparison or excellence is expected
  • Freezing or paralysis under stress, can’t think and move at the same time, sometimes terrified that they will die