We all feel fear at some points in our lives. It’s generally thought to be a negative feeling – we always talk about overcoming fear or battling fear, like it’s an enemy. But if you think about it, fear allows us to a certain extent to determine what things in life are dangerous and harmful. If you’re able to control fear, this human emotion can help us cope with stress, to react in unfriendly situations and handle them wisely.
You might be surprised to know that fear starts developing in our bodies from the embryonic stage in the womb, as a withdrawal reflex known as Fear Paralysis Reflex. During this stage, the embryo will react to stress and stimulation by withdrawing and freezing. As the embryo starts to look more like a baby in the womb, it will start to move its head, neck and body as a response to threat. As its tactile awareness develops, this reflex gradually lessens.
Researchers believe that the Fear Paralysis Reflex is an important, first step in humans in learning how to cope with stress. It starts to function very early after conception, but then should be integrated before birth into the Moro reflex, which I’ve talked about earlier in my blog.
Unfortunately, if the Fear Paralysis Reflex isn’t fully integrated by the time the baby is born, there might be life-long challenges related to fear. The child may grow up to be very anxious, veering towards a negative outlook on life which can affect their day-to-day living at school and at home. They may feel unconfident compared to their peers because they always feel overwhelmed and insecure, becoming the “scaredy-cat” of the group. As the child grows older, he or she may show other symptoms such as depression, shallow or difficult breathing, low self-esteem, phobias and more.
Most studies show that a non-integrated Fear Paralysis Reflex often goes hand in hand with a non-integrated Moro Reflex. Through rhythmic movement therapy in combination with other training programs available at Learn 2 Focus, it’s possible for these challenges to be overcome within just months of intensive training. Give me a call or email and let’s see which solutions might be the best fit for you and your child!