Hypervigilance is a state of being on guard 24/7 and scanning your environment for hidden dangers, And plan ways to escape from other people or places. Often, these dangers are not real. But because you misread the cues, it is common to overreact.
It’s a survival mechanism as it is the body’s way of protecting you from threatening situations, places or events that could be dangerous to your survival. But living in survival mode is exhausting and undermines your day to day life and your relationships with others.
1️⃣. 1️⃣ People who are hypervigilant are constantly on the lookout for threats or routes of escape.
You may start to:
▶️ shut yourself in to avoid an “attack,”
▶️ sit near an exit so that you can escape quickly,
▶️ sit with your back to the wall so that no one can sneak up on you.
▶️ avoid public places where “escape” might be difficult.
2️⃣ Hypervigilance can be characterized by four common features:
▶️ The overestimation of a threat:
▶️ The obsessive avoidance of real and imaginary threats:
▶️ An increased startle reflex: Where you jump at any sudden:
➡️ unexpected event