Thursday, June 16, 2016

"Freeze effect" and mass shootings

"During an attack, the chaos and sheer terror cause many people’s brains to shut down, leading them to freeze like scared rabbits, even if they’re standing in a hail of gunfire. Other people end up stuck on the X simply because they can’t sort through the bedlam fast enough to figure out that they’re in mortal danger. To avoid the 'freeze effect,' you need to cultivate an 'orienting behavior.'" - Jeff Cantor, at Money and Markets

I suspect alcohol played part in amplifying "freeze effect" in the Pulse nightclub shooting. Alcohol slows assessment and reaction. And I suspect much alcohol had been consumed by club patrons prior to an attack that began just after 2:00 am.

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