How the four F’s manifest in relationship dynamics

Published on Nov 25, 2023 05:40 PM IST

  • From freeze to fawn to fight, here are the ways how the four F’s manifest in relationship dynamics.

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There are four types of stress response that the nervous system shows when it senses a threat. “Fight, Flight, Freeze, and Fawn. These responses are deeply rooted in our evolutionary survival mechanisms, and understanding how they show up in relationships can be eye-opening.⁠ It’s essential to recognize that these responses are not fixed traits, but rather learned behaviors shaped by past experiences and beliefs. Individuals might also exhibit a combination of these responses depending on the context and the specific relationship challenges they encounter,” wrote Therapist Jordan Green. here’s how the four F’s manifest in relationship dynamics.(Unsplash)

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Fight: In this kind of response, a person attends to the threat head-on. This often involves bouts of anger, tears, glaring and tightened jaw. (Unsplash)
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Fight: In this kind of response, a person attends to the threat head-on. This often involves bouts of anger, tears, glaring and tightened jaw. (Unsplash)

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Flight: This stress response makes the partner want to escape the situation altogether. When confronted with a difficult problem in the relationship, they choose to avoid the scenario completely. Numbness and restlessness are some of the symptoms. (Unsplash)
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Flight: This stress response makes the partner want to escape the situation altogether. When confronted with a difficult problem in the relationship, they choose to avoid the scenario completely. Numbness and restlessness are some of the symptoms. (Unsplash)

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Freeze: In this type of stress response, a person becomes completely numb and frozen when confronted. This involves pale skin, feeling cold and numbness. (Unsplash)
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Freeze: In this type of stress response, a person becomes completely numb and frozen when confronted. This involves pale skin, feeling cold and numbness. (Unsplash)

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Fawn: This response involves the person submitting to the problem. Being extra nice or mirroring the opinions of others or dissociating in social situations are some of the symptoms.(Unsplash)
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Fawn: This response involves the person submitting to the problem. Being extra nice or mirroring the opinions of others or dissociating in social situations are some of the symptoms.(Unsplash)

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