Throughout How Risky Is It, Really?, the reader is engaged as an active participant through a number of quizzes titled “What’s Your Risk Response?” which demonstrate the points being made. Join in here. They’re fun, easy, and they offer some interesting lessons in why our fears often don’t seem to match the facts.
A test for your Fight or Flight or Freeze Response.
Imagine that you are taking a walk in the woods. It’s late in the afternoon. The path at your feet is dappled with light and shadow falling across narrow twisting tree roots. There is swampy ground on either side of the path. Now imagine that, out of the corner of your eye, you notice that one of those long, thin curvy lines at your feet just moved. It seemed to slither a little. Like a snake.
Quick! What do you do?
B. Jump Back
D. Bend over to take a closer look, and study the object further.
Most people have an instinctive risk response and choose some combination of A, B, and C, though one Japanese farmer to whom I posed this situation said he’d try to kill the snake and cut off its head and use its blood to make soup.