The Trauma Freeze Response – Playing possum?



Freeze response


There are times when fighting is impossible and would result in serious injury or death, and flight is impossible too. This possum isn’t choosing to freeze, it is an automatic response.

A survival mechanism, activated in the face of inescapable threat.


7 thoughts on “The Trauma Freeze Response – Playing possum?

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  2. This has happened to me. I had no idea this was a real thing. everyone gave me the craziest looks when I would tell them I had an out of body experience and I felt like I died. I wanna know more about this. I hear 20% of animals that “play possum” don’t make it out. Im just grateful I can live to speak about it.


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