Now consider what research on the brain -- neuroscience -- says about how our brain responds when we experience threats or stress:
“We protect ourselves from threat [by going] into a ‘fight, flight, or freeze’ mode….
These reactions… cut off the use of the executive function of our brain—the part of our brain that allows us to problem-solve, plan, use language, organize, and regulate our mood—functions that scientists call ‘our success skills.’ ”
Thinking back on your earlier group discussion, how does neuroscience explain your gut reaction to a bullying incident?
How does this response cut off other functions of your brain that might make you respond differently?
When you feel safe and calm, can you think of other ways you could respond to threats or stress?