This exercise is to assess your awareness of danger signs, and is from the Survivor to Thriver manual. Here is how I completed the exercise.

Write down as many physical, emotional or intuitive signs as you can that tell you that your safety might be in question:

  1. Anger or fear; lack of trust
  2. Feelings of being ‘sick’ suddenly, without explanation
  3. Fight or flight response
  4. Feeling uneasy, uncomfortable or having a sense of “unreality”
  5. Feeling that something is ‘off’
  6. Being on edge or feeling vulnerable; extreme agitation without provocation
  7. Sudden change in appetite, without explanation
  8. Sudden change in back and/or shoulder pain; tense muscles
  9. Feeling like I might make a scene, or ‘go crazy’
  10. Signs of panic attack or an actual attack, including:
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightness in chest or stomach; ‘pit’ anywhere in body
  • Speeding heart rate
  • Upset stomach; nausea or queasiness
  • Dizziness
  • White, black, or fuzzy vision
  • Feeling faint

Of course your results will probably be completely different. However, I always find it helpful to look at someone else’s results, so enjoy!

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