What would you do if you heard a noise, discovered your home was just broken into and you were being robbed at gunpoint? Would you fight? Or would you run away?
In this short documentary, “Fight or Flight or Whatever”, Rob Norman tells the story of his home burglary at gunpoint in 2008 and displays how people respond when they’re being robbed.
Before telling his tale, Rob asks the question: What do you do, when at the core of who you are is a coward?
In his mind, like many of us, we say a lot of what we would do (e.g., “Oh, if someone broke in my house, I would fight back” or “Pfft, that’s why I would have an escape plan,”) and everything is planned out and ready for action. Except sometimes what you think you would do, you really won’t do when you’re in that situation.
The most common response is to either fight or run away. In Rob’s case, he did neither. His immediate reaction as he stared at the two robbers, “AAAAWWWW NOOOOO” as he slowly closed the door.
But then you also have to deal with the fact that you’re not the person that you thought you were. You are not Bruce Willis in Die Hard. You are weak. You are helpless. And you are submissive — instantly. You are instantly submissive — that door came down and you gave up completely. And that strikes to the core of who you are.