The Impact of Freezing in Fear in Violent Situations?

Freezing is often our first reaction to an active shooter event or other violent crime. According to an article published in Facilities Management Advisor and written by a TAL Global Team member, the key reason for this can all be summed up in these words: it’s how most living things react to uncertainty and violence.  The article cites studies by Dr. John Leach, a military survival expert and psychologist.

When it comes to freezing in fear, Leach reports the following:


  • Around 75% of people are so bewildered that they are unable to think clearly and plot their escape. “They are mentally paralyzed.”
  • About 15% remain calm and rational enough to make decisions.
  • The remaining 10% “freak out” and become a danger to themselves and others.

To read the article in its entirety, click here.

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