Aggressive arousal

In animals, and in humans, suppressed aggression leads to some interesting body language When an ape feels threatened it will go through a state known as aggressive arousal For humans this is where the automatic nervous system kicks in The sympathetic nervous system creates a state that is good for fight, which means that the adrenalin starts to flow, your breathing patterns change, your muscles tense, and your body hair stands on end In apes, and in humans, this allows them to perform body language acts that are known as ritualized combat—that is, threatening to attack in the hope that their apparent toughness will intimidate opponents and make them back down

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