fight-or-flight love



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  • n. All the coordinated physiological responses that the sympathetic nervous system initiates in response to stress or other emergency situations.


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  • First, there is an alarm stage, like what Cannon called the fight-or-flight syndrome.

    The Chemistry of Calm

  • Called the fight-or-flight response, it relies on a complex relay of chemicals in the body to mobilize key systems.

    Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause

  • It accomplishes this through two mirror-image operating modes: sympathetic, also known as the fight-or-flight mechanism, which releases adrenaline to speed up metabolic processes in response to a perceived threat; and parasympathetic, which releases the neurotransmitter acetylcholine via the body’s longest and largest nerve, the vagus to slow down and reverse the frenetic activity caused by the sympathetic response.

    The Source

  • In the same story, her band of humans meets a band of others -- different enough to awaken the fight-or-flight reflex, though not different enough to preclude progeny and with it, the tortured, conflicted love endemic in such circumstances.

    Athena Andreadis, Ph.D.: The House with Many Doors (or, at the Caucasus, Hang a Right!)

  • Uttering obscene or offensive words activates fight-or-flight responses that have been known to release opioids, the researchers said.

    Week in Ideas: Christopher Shea

  • This, in turn, has wondrous benefits for physical health, blunting the impact of the fight-or-flight hormones that flow so excessively in our hectic, “unnatural” modern lives.

    Archive 2009-12-01

  • Technology has enabled us to hurtle through space and time so quickly, that we seem endlessly trapped in a fight-or-flight mentality that precludes us from a serious examination of where we are headed.

    Elizabeth Bisbee Silber: The Consequences of Our Rapid-Fire Culture

  • Both of them were also aware of the affective responses that went hand-in-hand with that fight-or-flight response -- the emotions of fury and fear.

    A Story From Sodom

  • The fight-or-flight endorphins were powerful painkillers, better than aspirin any day.

    Gideon’s war

  • As far as I can tell, "adrenoceptor mediated blanching" is the kind of blanching we experience when we are stressed - in other words, they are tied into the fight-or-flight reflex, and are associated with the sympathetic nervous system, which is connected to the same response.

    Archive 2009-04-01


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