Shakespeare and Beer Helmets

What The FLOCK... 

"...collective behaviors are found across the animal kingdom — and regardless of our penchant for Shakespeare and beer helmets, humans are animals, too.

Some scientists think the essential components of flocking behavior, an instinctive tendency to join with others... remains alive inside us." (Brandon Keim in WIRED magazine.)

FIGHT * FLIGHT * FREEZE * FAWN *  FAINT * FLOP * FLOCK are overactive parasympathetic nervous system symptoms = responses to stress and so often misunderstood, evident in emergencies = both real and imagined (as in worry and ruminating on past negative experiences). Do not judge yourself too harshly = it is how we are wired!


This illustration by Amy Hwang (for me) perfectly depicts FLOP.