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Chapter 3 Stability > Recognize Each Teammate’s Fear Response

Recognize Each Teammate’s Fear Response

The three options to the fear response are fight, flight, or freeze. The way to recognize them in your teammate: Next time you see him under stress or in a situation that scares him–it could be anything from an accelerated deadline to having to give a big presentation—which animal does he remind you of? The lion? The rabbit? Or a deer caught in headlights?

The person who fights is like a lion. He can literally roar, puff out his chest, and he wants to confront the issue head on. He gets angry when a meeting or project isn’t going his way, and like the warrior he feels like he is, or wants to be, his brain will fill him with chemical courage to confront fear.

The person who flees is like a rabbit. Imagine a cute little bunny eating grass in your front yard. The moment the bunny perceives you, it may freeze for an instant, but that’s only because it’s hungry. It’s not really freezing, just continuing to scan the environment as it nibbles, having seen you on its radar. The moment the bunny senses true danger, like a shadow that it thinks is a bunny-eating bird, it runs. So will some of your people; the moment they sense conflict, they will go hide in their cars.


  

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