Or a combination of both. Thinking back on some of the traumatic situations I've been in, I've exhibited both traits. When my family's apartment caught fire, I remember freaking out for two seconds but then it was as if I was able to detach from my emotions. I calmly picked up my dog and told my sister we had to leave. And as the fire wore on, it was like I got calmer while everyone else was crying or freaking out. But I remember when I was younger and a robber entered our house, I hid under the bed. Maybe fight or flight has to do with age or the severity on the situation. Everyone can perceive the severity differently. What are your thoughts?