September 4, 2013 Self defence survival instincts

Sometimes the simplest form of self defence is to listen to your instincts. In a self defence situation sometimes the best weapons for self defence are your legs and your heart why? So you can run.

I believe in self preservation of my family and myself as my primary consideration but, just to make it clear, pre-emptive action can very easily end up with you in court and possibly prison. So we should listen to our instincts the original self defence mechanism, you can thank our caveman ancestors for this. Early man faced a lot of dangers, and to achieve self defence or self preservation the fight-or-flight response evolved to help them evade danger, or to battle those dangers in order to survive. Today most of us are no longer fighting or running for our lives in the wild, but fear is far from an outdated instinct. It serves the same purpose today as it did when our ancestors might run into a dinosaur or lion while carrying food back from hunting. Now, we’re carrying a wallet, handbag, purse or mobile phone and walking down city streets. That decision not to take that shortcut through the deserted underpass or alley at midnight is based on a rational fear that promotes a basic survival instincts!

Only the stimulus has changed we are in as much danger today as we were thousands of years ago, and our fear serves to protect us now as it did then. Since the dawn of time and mans birth, our instincts have been well and truly honed. But now we humans live in a modern world with no scary animals to eat us, and sometimes we override our instincts and ignore the danger our body is warning us about.

Even the simplest living organisms, such as single-celled bacteria, are typically under intense selective pressure to evoke a self defence response to avoid a damaging environment, if such an environment exists. Pain and fear are two of our instincts that kick in when we feel threatened or come under attack. Pain motivates the individual to withdraw from damaging situations; this basic self defence survival instincts protect a damaged body part while it heals, and to avoid similar experiences in the future. Fear causes the body to seek safety and may cause a release of adrenaline, which has the effect of increased strength and heightened senses such as hearing, smell, and sight to help avoid or defend oneself from an impending attack.

So are humans hard wired to survive? It certainly seems like it. There are many examples of hard-wired human instincts that help keep us alive. Perhaps the most obvious case is the fight-or-flight response, coined by Harvard University physiologist Walter Cannon in 1915. When humans are faced with danger or stress, a biological trigger helps us decide whether to stay and fight or get the hell out of there flight.
The primary function of the body is to feed its self and procreate thus ensuring the survival of the human species.

It’s not just the Art of fighting but also “the art of fighting without fighting” – Bruce Lee


Written by Sam Markey



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