Understanding Panic
by Neal Sideman


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Panic is perhaps the most intense and the most challenging of all human emotions.  What is panic, and how can we best understand it?

Panic comes from the "fight-or-flight" response that all of us have and that has been key to our survival as a species.  In prehistoric times, when a saber-toothed tiger or neighboring cannibal tribe wanted to have us for dinner, the fight-or-flight response kicked in.  Instantly, we would have superhuman strength and speed, to either fight or flee.



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