Disclaimer: I am not a clinical psychologist. On the other hand, I have studied psychology at a tertiary institution, my major discipline is the law.
The primordial psychological ‘fight-or-flight-or-freeze’ responses are extremely well documented in the world of psychology.
Extract: “The fight-or-flight-or-freeze responses are a physiological reaction that occurs in response to a perceived harmful event, attack, or threat to survival.” It was first described by Walter Bradford Cannon.
The degree, length, and sustainability of the response differ individually. In general terms, we all have a combination of the three responses, with endless permutations and flexibility of three. Warrior males will on balance ‘fight’. Females will on balance ‘flight or freeze’. A smaller combination of both genders will ‘freeze’. It is what it is.
It is my experience that people who ‘freeze’ during threat scenarios are easy prey. On the other hand, God’s Evolutionary plan has exquisite and unfathomable permutations of the three responses.
It is my conjecture that the ‘freeze’ threat response, is the weakest of the three. I postulate that the ‘freeze’ response results in the person making themselves easy prey. Vikings enjoyed an enemy with a predominant ‘freeze’ response.
For reasons well beyond my pay grade, Christianity promoted the ‘freeze’ response into a philosophical mentality. That is to say, ‘freeze’ dovetailed with Christian teachings to love one’s enemy, and to turn the other cheek.
In western modernity ‘freeze’ became fashionable, and the fiction that ‘nice people’ are placid people. Let me say unequivocally that the freeze response people are not nice people, they are just people with a propensity to freeze. They cannot be relied upon, and therefore are less useful as warriors and leaders. They are also awful teachers, parents, and generally speaking, are dangerous. A society that promotes the freeze response into its fabric has lost its way. It will end up unable to defend itself.
The dire consequences in the western hemisphere of following this detrimental ‘freeze’ mentality is on open display for all to see. It has flourished in the insipid environment of academia, “Those that can’t do teach, and those that can’t teach, teach gym.” song by Jack Black. In the western hemisphere, the chickens are coming home to roost. Virtue signalling; identity politics; feminist propaganda; race hustling; male shaming is all fodder for American Marxism to weaken the American warrior mentality. Unfortunately, the western hemisphere, in a geopolitical sense, has painted itself into a corner.
It goes without saying that the promotion of ‘freeze’ has also weakened the fabric of western societies, and there is a price to pay. The Eastern bloc must be viewing the West with ferocious predatory eyes, and why wouldn’t they?
The next time you are in a situation where you can express an opinion and in that small way project leadership, don’t ‘freeze’. Don’t concern yourself with the old pathetic excuse “it wasn’t the time and place”, it never is. Show some old-fashioned gumption, and strength of character.
For God’s sake speak the mind of your better self.
By Will Keys