Engineer Inclusion

Stress and Trauma Responses


Fight is an Act of Self-preservation

It is a fear state where you confront the threat to stand up and assert yourself.

Healthy Response
  • Assertion
  • Solid boundaries
Unhealthy Response
  • Walls
  • Ultra-independence
  • Aggression
  • Yelling

Flight response corresponds with avoidant behavior.

Healthy Response

You are discerning in stressful situations and disengage within limits

Unhealthy Response
  • Isolation
  • Avoidance
  • Overly Busy

Freeze is the equivalent of temporary paralysis and disconnecting with your body to prevent further stress. 

Healthy Response

You slow down and appraise the situation to determine next steps.

Unhealthy Response
  • Dissociation 
  • Literally freezing, feeling spaced out or detached from reality
  • Emotional numbness

Fawning is about people-pleasing and engaging in pacifying behaviors.

Healthy Response
  • Dignity
  • Value-alignment
  • Boundaries
Unhealthy Response
  • People-pleasing
  • Assimilation
  • Foregoing boundaries
  • Deference
  • Overly apologetic
  • You can’t express how you feel
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Meagan Pollock, PhD

Dr. Meagan Pollock envisions a world where personal and social circumstances are not obstacles to achieving potential, and where kindness, inclusivity, and conservation prevail.

An international speaker, teacher, engineer, and equity leader, her mission is to provide services, tools, and resources that inspire awareness and initiate action.

As an engineer turned educator, Meagan Pollock is focused on engineering equity into education and the workforce.

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