On Reflexes and Revenge
My Dad has the dirty habit of sneaking up on me and giving me terrible frights – especially in the dark. Early yesterday morning I was standing in the Kitchen (it was real early so it was still dark) and he snuck up behind me and poked me in the ribs while yelling WHAAAAAAAA! Now I am certain if you think back carefully – regardless of where in the world you live – you will clearly remember hearing him. YEP – It was that loud.
Anyway, when he scared me I got these strange feelings. I couldn’t hear anything but a peculiar long beeping sound in my ears, the muscles in my arms contracted and I started shaking. So after me screaming and shouting something to the effect of “I WILL GET YOU BACK!” I decided to go look up what had actually happened to my body.
It turns out that this is a reflex known as “Fight or Flight”. I am sure that you will be familiar with sayings such as:
- Dude…I nearly [email protected] myself
- I scared myself stiff
- I almost wet my pants
The reason is that these things actually can happen if you have a really big fright. In such a situation many things can take place in the body which can include:
- Tunnel vision (loss of peripheral vision)
- Your blood vessels dilate to enable greater muscle strength
- Relaxation of the Bladder
- Paling or flushing, or alternating between both
The release of adrenalin is vital to the Fight or Flight reflex. It is the release of adrenalin into the body that causes the symptoms listed above. There are many more symptoms on Wikipedia. Among these them you will find auditory exclusion which explains the sudden loss of hearing I experienced. All of this happens in order to enable your body to either make a run for it or fight to protect yourself. Your body releasing waste products is really a way of “lightening the load” so that you can move faster.
Considering the fact that I am a South African Champion at kickboxing I recon my Dad better be glad I did not go into fight mode.
Now for the really important part. I am desperate for some ideas on revenge so please leave a comment with your evil plans on how I can get him back. Muahahahahaha!