Emotional Flooding State Vs. Calm and Relaxed State

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What does emotional flooding do to the body? How can I tell if I am emotionally flooded?

Emotional flooding can be dangerous when we are trying to have a difficult conversation. Prior to any critical conversation, it is important to be able to emotionally regulate and understand how you process stress.

Below is a chart of the physiological changes in the body when you are relaxed and when you are stressed. I also included a flow chart to follow in order to evaluate your flooding.

Relaxed Mood State

  • Higher reasoning brain activated
  • Sounds, light, and other stimulus are not overwhelming
  • Rest and digest brain coordination
  • Ability to reason and discuss difficult topics in a calm manner
  • Reduction in impulsive behavior

Brain

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 Emotional Flooding State

  • Primal brain activated
  • Sounds, light, and other stimulus become overwhelming
  • Fight, Flight, or Freeze response
  • Ability to reason is eliminated
  • Heightened startle response
  • Increase in impulsive behaviors and decision making

Relaxed Mood State

  • Daily levels of acuity
  • Pupils constrict
  • Touch is desensitized and the majority of stimulus is ignored unless significant

5 Senses

 Emotional Flooding State

  • Increase in acuity
  • Pupils dilate
  • Hearing becomes more acute
  • Touch is more intense
  • Taste and smell become more acute
  • Stimulus can be overwhelming


Relaxed Mood State

  • Normal digestive and reproductive hormones released
  • Stimulates the stomach, pancreas, and intestines for digestive needs

Endocrine System

 Emotional Flooding State

  • Stimulates epinephrine and norepinephrine
  • Stimulates glucose release for quick fuel
  • Hormones designed to reduce the body’s ability to feel pain are released
  • Hormones designed to increase the body’s ability to heal injuries are released
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Relaxed Mood State

  • These systems maintain the body’s operation
  • Heart rate is within normal limits
  • Breathing irate is within normal limits
  • Bronchi constricts
  • Blood is distributed as needed to all organ areas
  • Skin is a comfortable temperature and normal in color

Cardiac and Respiratory System

 Emotional Flooding State

  • These systems prepare for fight and flight
  • Heart rate increases
  • Breathing increases
  • Bronchi dilates
  • Blood floods the muscles for fast movement
  • Skin may become flushed

Relaxed Mood State

  • Digestive processes decrease
  • Normal appetite
  • Salivation stimulated
  • Normal nutrient absorption and bowel function

Digestive and Excretory Systems

 Emotional Flooding State

  • Digestive processes decrease
  • Saliva production reduces
  • Peristalsis and absorption of nutrients is reduced
  • Hunger desire and needs reduce
  • Individuals do report both diarrhea and constipation during flooding
  • Smell and state enhance for safety tools

Relaxed Mood State

  • Normal Urine Production
  • Kidneys produce urine and the bladder maintains control and excretes urine when commanded

Urinary System

 Emotional Flooding State

  • Urinary processes decreased
  • May inhibit urination or control of bladder function

Relaxed Mood State

  • Reproductive activities commence
  • Sexual desire
  • Ovulation and sperm production are normal
  • Promotes erections of the genitals

Reproductive System

 Emotional Flooding State

  • Reduction of fertility in both men and women
  • Reduces sexual desires
  • Reduces ovulation
  • Promotes vaginal and ejaculation contractions

Emotional Flooding Test

Bionic Pod Scale of Flooding

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