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Assertion and annoyance

Assertion is the second stage of the startle response


Emotional state

  • Bracing
  • Dislike
  • Pride
  • Distress

 Function of stage

  • Create boundaries, preservation of identity

Muscle reaction in assertion

  • Compression of abdominal content and tightness of intestines
  • Descension of diaphragm
  • Inspiration, leading to raising of the chest
  • Senses, vision, hearing focus on object
  • Body is expanding to make itself imposing and bigger
  • Muscles of arms, legs and feet contract. Ready to push, hit, dig in, freeze, or hold tight
  • Stance of dislike, body is making boundaries

Muscles relevant to assertion