Fight: Words tumbling, sputtering, spewing from a wide open mouth. No holding back, things said that have been boiling. Seeing red, light-headed, and explosion of endorphins, adrenaline careening through the veins at the speed of light. Fists clenched, heart pounding, confusion and chaos stepping on one another to get ahead.
Flight: Claustrophobia causing pacing and racing across the floor. Shoes flung on haphazardly. Where is the exit, where is the door? Priorities and cares left untouched and forgotten as the door slams a rush of air behind it.
Freeze: Stuck and struck in one position. Blank slate, all wiped clean. A pause that stops time as the world comes to a screeching halt. Clueless, stuttering one word on the lips as the brain cannot catch up with the swirl around it.
When faced with conflict we do one or all of these. It is an instinct carved out for each of us. Which one do you do when faced with conflict?