Fight, Flight, Freeze

Footage of Mick Fanning being "bumped" by a shark while surfing for the world title at J Bay, South Africa, July 2015. The first 30 seconds of footage are a perfect example of Fight, Flight, Freeze in action. Mick goes through all three within that first 30 seconds. Thankfully he survives the encounter uninjured, making it a perfect example to illustrate a full survival reaction.

 

 

Dr Alan Watkins TED Talk. It's in two parts. The meatiest bit of this is from 14 minutes in to the end, where he is demonstrating the physiological FFF response in real time. The whole lot is well worth a watch if you want more information about the intersection between FFF and performance. We'll come back to Part II later.

 

 

The Human Illusion

A great example of how human attention works. If you have seen it before, you'll be able to remember what it was like to watch this for the first time. If you haven't, then it's well worth the couple of minutes it takes to watch. The video was prepared by Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabris, researchers from Harvard University. They have done some fascinating work in the field of psychology - understanding human perception/attention/intuition. If you want to know even more about that, you can check out their work

 

 

James Doty is a clinical professor of neurosurgery at Stanford University and founding director of the Centre for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. He is the author of Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart. From 6 minutes into the interview he talks about attention being "elsewhere" up to 80% of the time.

 

Clean Your Filters

The foundational tool of Guerrilla Mindfulness begins with breathing. Part II of Dr Alan Watkins TED talk demonstrates in real time how effective breathing is at shutting down reactive states and setting up the conditions for clarity, presence and focus. The demonstration of rhythmic breathing and physiology starts at 10 minutes. 

 

 

Treat the Hotspots

A short video I did a while ago about the parallels of hotspots and blisters to conflict, friction or tension in business relationships. At the end of the 4 minute clip, there's a few tips for dealing with things early and well.