The Freeze Response (animation)

Posted by: alisrowe, September 17, 2020

When something happens that I did not expect, I feel as though I freeze. It feels as though the cogs in my brain have come to a halt! This freezing happens for at least two reasons:

1. I struggle with flexible thinking (a part of executive function), which means it is hard to imagine or work out alternative outcomes to things

2. I feel highly anxious, because something has happened unexpectedly. Remember that to ‘freeze’ is one of the three primary responses to anxiety (the other two are fight and flight).

I created an animation to explain The Freeze Response and to provide a strategy that really helps me to deal with it. You can watch it below. I hope you enjoy it!

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