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The need to survive

The need to survive

When faced with dangerous situations that can actually put an end to our life, we tend to panic and, therefore, want to run. This is quite normal, taking into account the fact that our amygdala, which is responsible for our reactions in these situations, makes sure a distress message reaches our brain.

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MORE IDEAS FROM How to Fight Back the Human Instinct to Flee When You Panic

Dealing with difficult situations can make your life so much harder that at some point you might just decide to give up on your dreams and ambitions. However, it is exactly this behavior that leads to you eventually failing.

Choosing to run from responsibilities and challenges means choosing to stay always in your comfort zone, a fact that guarantees you no success whatsoever.

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In order to win, you have to know when to keep fighting and when to give up. It may be easier said than done, but this is the only way life works.

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Whenever you feel stressed or overwhelmed, just imagine a positive outcome to your challenging current situation. Soon enough, if you keep fighting for that outcome, it will become true.

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If you feel like you have more than you can handle on your plate, maybe it is time to look at things from another perspective. Try breaking the tasks into smaller pieces and handle each at a time.

You might come to a surprisingly positive outcome by doing so.

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  • Some people experience a feeling of detachment from the self, a kind of unreality, something known as depersonalisation.
  • Severe and prolonged depersonalisation creates an anxiety loop and becomes a disorder, where the brain shows reduced activity in emotional responses.
  • Some factors that can lead to transient depersonalization are jetlag and sleep deprivation.

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Depersonalization is common

If you’ve ever been severely jetlagged or sleep-deprived, there’s a good chance that you have experienced transient depersonalisation. Think of it like an airbag for the mind - part of the body and brain’s natural response to stress.

Depersonalisation is feeling like you’re ‘in a dream’ or ‘not really there’. Up to 75 per cent of people will feel so at least once in their lives, but it will mostly be fleeting and usually at a point of stress or fatigue. It's a normal response.

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