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Dr. Nageena Akhtar at work

What is the fear paralysis Reflex?

  • By Nageena


This reflex is an early intrauterine, rather than primitive reflex that emerges in the womb sometime during the second month after conception.
The Fear Paralysis Reflex is one of the earliest reflexes and the most characteristic reaction is withdrawal away and/or a temporary freeze from any sudden, unexpected or threatening stimuli, event or trauma.
When this happens, the fetus shuts off its environment by producing stress proteins and literally becomes paralyzed by fear.

The symptoms of the fear paralysis reflex

Below you will find a brief introduction in the kinds of reflexes and how they are important.
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Some symptoms of a nonintegrated FPR

  • Low tolerance to stress
  • A sense of being frozen or feeling stuck
  • Can cause lifelong challenges related to fear and underlying anxiety
  • Social isolation and fear of new situations or activities; extreme shyness
  • Fear of failure or perfectionism
  • Helplessness or depression
  • Sleeping and/or eating disorders
  • Panic attacks and social phobias are often seen in adults
  • Temper tantrums
  • Holding one’s breath
  • Oppositional or aggressive behaviors can be seen.
  • Sleeping and/or eating disorders

Exercises to help the brain developing the Fear Paralysis Reflex

Fear paralysis reflex exercises