Help I'm being attacked - except I'm not.
August 13, 2010 11:59 AM Subscribe
Whenever a situation gets slightly confrontational/argumentative/critical (not necessarily dangerous), I experience a flight or fight response: my hands and legs shake, my heart races and my thinking slows down (along with all the other classic fight or flight reactions). It doesn't feel like an appropriate reaction to what's actually happening (hey, someone was rude to me in a meeting. I should stop shaking). I'd like to calmly deal with these situations, and try to tell myself that the person isn't actually hurting me, but my physical reaction is so strong and immediate. Any suggestions on how to not activate this reaction or at least reduce it?