Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A bloody good theory.

I came across an article today on FitSugar that was quite interesting. I always think about why people do what they do and this article talks about why some people may faint or feel faint when they see blood. They say it can be due to a blood-injury phobia.

"The idea is that back in time, when someone was coming at someone else with a sharp stick or rock, a kind of genetic variation allowed certain people to faint in response," explains Tyler C. Ralston, PsyD, a clinical psychologist in Honolulu, who treats people with blood-injury phobias. Warriors who fainted looked dead and were passed over during battle. The blood pressure drop also might have helped those who were wounded avoid bleeding to death. Survivors then passed on the "fainting" gene.

So I'm thinking that if you faint or feel faint around blood, you probably weren't much of a fighter. You needed to play dead to avoid a confrontation. If blood doesn't bother you, then you like to get a little rough. That's just my take on the article.

I'm definitely a fighter, by the way. Bring it.

9 comments:

Twasthebrilligandtheslithytoves said...

This is really interesting!

I am also definitely a fighter. I mean, I'm pretty peaceful, but if you mess with me, I will mess you up.

:)

The Frog Queen said...

I have no problems with blood, especially when it is someone else's :) Blood, snakes, rats.....Just NO spiders :)

Cheers!

Dracenea said...

TwasTheBrillig - Love it! You and I don't pull any punches!

Frog Queen - I'll keep the spiders away from you. You'd probably be horrified to know that my dad has at least five tarantulas. One of them came from the pet shop pregnant! He had close to 100 of those little things!

Dreamwriter said...

Great post and very interesting. It makes sense :)

Riverwolf, said...

Interesting. Maybe I wasn't the *best* fighter but I think I held my own. Blood doesn't usually wig me out.

Diane said...

like fainting goats! ever seen those? it cracks me up!

Dracenea said...

Diane - I've never heard of fainting goats! Now I need to look this up.

PumpkinBrain said...

This is an interesting theory. According to it, I would probably be a figther since I do not faint at the sight of blood... I am just not sure how I would feel by seeing someone bleeding a lot for real... Anyway, I am a very peaceful person and I don't believe in fighting.

Dracenea said...

PumpkinBrain - Thanks for stopping by my blog! Congrats to you if you never have to fight anyone.