The Doctors: Trusting Your Gut Instincts
Dr. Phil McGraw guest starred on The Doctors TV show to talk about what happens why you ignore your gut feeling about something.
Dr. Travis Stork said that the nagging feeling actually starts in your hypothalamus, which triggers your adrenaline, epinephrine and coritsol. Your blood vessel also tighten which gives you the cold and clammy hands.
The Drs: Never Give People the Benefit of the Doubt
You also don’t get enough blood flow to your digestive system which is why you have the funny feeling in your stomach. Dr. Lisa Masterson said that if you listen to those feelings, nine times out of 10 you’ll be right.
Dr. Phil said there’s no time when we should blindly give people the benefit of the doubt. He said you need to do your homework and trust what your body is telling you. According to Dr. Phil, winners deal with the truth. If the truth is uncomfortable, you need to get out of the situation.
The Doctors: Self Defense for Kids
Dr. Phil also talked about how you can teach your kids to protect themselves.
Two audience members, Charlotte and Matt, had a question about their daughter Sophia. Charlotte said that Sophia is very social and will introduce herself with her full name and age, and she doesn’t know how to teach her to be wary without scaring her.
Dr. Phil said that a parent’s job is to prepare them for the next step and nurture them and keep them same. The number one thing you can do to keep them safe is to teach them to self-protect. You need to tell them that it’s okay to listen to their bodies. Dr. Phil suggesting telling your kids this in a way that they won’t be afraid of the world, but let them know that there are boundaries that it’s okay to enforce.
The Drs TV: Chihuahua Crazy
Dr. Phil said role playing and rehearsing what they should do incase of danger is a great idea. Tracie Arlington, the lead instructor at Play It Safe, demonstrated self defense moves for kids.
Arlington said that they teach kids ages 5-11 to go “Chihuahua crazy” because little Chihuahuas can ward off big dogs. She said it’s important to teach your kids how to not move so that a stranger can’t take them.
The Doctors: Don’t Yell Help When Being Attacked
It’s also helpful for kids to make a lot of noise if there’s a predator. Arlington said that saying “help” doesn’t always help because people think you’re playing. She said to use short phrases like “you’re not my dad” to get the point across.
Arlington said that your legs are a powerful weapon, but your voice is the most important. She invited Sophia up to the stage to show off her “Chihuahua crazy.” Check out Sophia’s demonstration in the video below.