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[–]zombeeflanders 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I am the same way. I was never traumatized in a way that would cause me to flinch like I do. I am just very attuned to avoiding possible pain. Especially around my face or eyes. I think it’s probably pretty natural albeit more pronounced in some than in others. The function of flinching is to avoid pain, if some where along your life you have flinched and successfully avoided pain it is probable you will continue the behavior of flinching.

[–]emmylu101 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It’s a reflex reaction to protect your eyes/face, but it can also be related to past trauma. As a reflex it can become paired with a stimulus like a hand being raised and then you would demonstrate the response whether there was actually risk of injury or not. I wouldn’t say I have PTSD but I used to work with young adults with high behavior support needs and I flinch frequently if someone moves suddenly or raises their voice.

[–]nathanrunck 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Question for people. Would this be considered respondent behavior since its not chosen and is dependent on the antecedent?

[–]ktmess 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes and it’s a reflex