Helplessness is one of the hardest emotions to overcome. Unless you are internally a masochist or a submissive, just about all forms of helplessness are seen as negative. In fact, many people prefer to be seen as wrong or over-the-top wrong, rather than be seen as helpless. There are two types of overwhelming reactions against helplessness.
First, there is the Bambi effect. This is where the individual freezes, like a deer caught in headlights, out of fear and cannot move, even to make a decision, and cannot be in any way affected for the better. Their helplessness freezes them in a stiff mold of terror, where they dare not move, lest the predator spot them or take notice of them and move in for the kill.
Secondly, there is the Fight-or-flight response. This is where the individual tries to remove themselves from the vicinity of the predator, and if not, they attempt to fight back and overpower the predator, or at least harm them enough to escape. Since helplessness does not tend to happen in predators, many individuals who feel helpless do not feel the urge to go ahead and “take their captor out.” They typically opt for maiming to the point of being able to effectively escape.
While many helpless individuals are victims of drug abuse or alcoholism, many people are predators themselves in some way, who feel helpless, and then choose to fight back or run or freeze. This is unfortunate, because many actual predators go after prey, and not other predators. This is an illustration of how a mentality or a perception can lead a person wrong and have them act out in strange and illogical ways.
Helplessness is one of the things which many individuals feel to some extent about certain situations. However, the people who are most dangerously affected by this are actual predators. When a predator feels helpless, they are so unused to this and feel so disrespected by this, that they will do anything to get their feeling of power and control back. They will steal, kill, abuse, maim and threaten to get that feeling of control back.
To make sure that these events do not take place in your workplace, it is a good idea to know whether or not your employees are abusing drugs and alcohol. For high quality drug and alcohol testing, call CMM Technology today: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.