Extremely insightful look at the effects of fear and other emotions on active labor.
Humans, like any other animal who is preyed on, are sensitive to certain stimuli getting their adrenalin levels rising ready to fight or run and sometimes to freeze. I call this ‘The Lion Effect’; when in times of stress or perceived stress a person will get themselves ready for danger to protect themselves or their young for survival.
Not that long ago, in terms of natural history, us westerners were living in caves as tribes. There are many human populations who still live this way where medical care is scarce and the danger of being killed by wild animals or people from other tribes is a reality. The ability to respond to perceived danger is vital and we have, along with other animals, developed a way to respond that means we don’t have to think too much about it; it’s automatic.
Our modern day, western society hasn’t actually changed this…
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