The 5 F's of Trauma Response

Most of us have heard of the “fight or flight response,” referring to our automatic reaction of fighting or running away when we face a threat. We actually have 5 hardwired responses to trauma: fight, flight, freeze, flop, and friend. In a moment of danger, these responses all happen automatically to try to keep us safe. Sometimes these responses can continue even when the trauma is not happening as our brain and body continue to work to keep us safe from danger. How might understanding your own response to trauma be helpful?