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Diarrhea through fear

#1
Serious question, I hope, though it might not sound so.

Someone 'crapping themselves' through fear (or maybe any other strong emotion) is quite real. And even if it doesn't go to that full extent, the bowel contents often seem go through an instant liquidiser when things turn grim.

It is known why (or how) what obviously starts as a state of mind turns into a physical reaction? For example does the body start over-producing some chemical that causes the effect on the digestive system?
 
#2
Same reason as people piss themselves with fear, it's something humans have evolved to do to give them the best chance in a fight or flight situation.

I suppose the idea is that without your stomach or bladder contents inside you, then you are lighter / quicker. A bit like your heart pumping harder in a confrontational situation to ensure your muscles have the blood supply they need in the event that everybody starts kung fu fighting.
 
#4
Not sure if the instinct/reaction is for the same reason but I understand that in US Nascar races drivers are told to piss themselves if a crash is impending or of their bladder feels full. Apparently in a crash at 200 miles per hour the bladder can burst if full, causing internal injuries. Of course there are lot of ways to get killed crashing a car at 200 miles per hour.
 
#5
Before boxing matches I often spew up due to feeling nervous. Funny thing is, once you get called to the ring, the nerves and nausea disappear.
 
#8
i've seen people throw up but would put that down to tension and not fear,proper, i-am-about-to-die-fear, as it came before the event where as fear always made my gut feel as if it was trying to leave via my ********. has anyone actually seen someone shit themselves through fear?
 
#9
I crapped myself during a car accident once :( It wasn't bad, but it was sudden. Sitting there with kecks full of liquid really hit me emotionally, I certainly didn't have a fight or flight reaction, I just wanted to sit there and die of embarrasment.
 
#10
Adrenaline makes the sympathetic (rather than parasympathetic) nervous system kick in and that diverts blood away from the digestive muscles into the muscles that you need to run away. IIRC (and it was a long time ago) from A level Biology, this is why you have to shit/puke/piss lots when you're nervous or fired up.
 
#11
i've seen people throw up but would put that down to tension and not fear,proper, i-am-about-to-die-fear, as it came before the event where as fear always made my gut feel as if it was trying to leave via my ********. has anyone actually seen someone shit themselves through fear?
Witnessed it at about 1000' above Weston on the Green DZ when on my basic para course. A lad from 9 Sqn managed to let a couple of litres of dung slide down his legs just prior to exiting the aircraft.

The smell on the bus returning back to Brize Norton was nausea inducing but quite sexy.
 
#12
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I do hope I haven't just added some material to your scat fetish bank.
 
#13
Witnessed it at about 1000' above Weston on the Green DZ when on my basic para course. A lad from 9 Sqn managed to let a couple of litres of dung slide down his legs just prior to exiting the aircraft.

The smell on the bus returning back to Brize Norton was nausea inducing but quite sexy.
similar story but not through fear [the dreaded D&V], i was waiting for a merlin to go from shaibah to the apod and the chalk in front of us boarded and left, it did an about turn 500m from the helipad, landed, then sat there for a bit. after a while two guys tear up with a wheelchair, stick some unconscious bloke in it and start running back, which means they're going pretty quickly when the hit the pothole and lauch their unconscious friend through the air who promptly smashed his face open upon landing. it has like the benny hill show.

turned out he knew he had D&V but didnt want a 48hour quarantine as he ws going home so hid in the portaloo until shortly before he had to get on the chopper. he managed to get on board but shortly after take-off promptly threw up, shat himself and passed out (my theory has always been that he pretended to hide his embarassment).
 
#14
Adrenaline makes the sympathetic (rather than parasympathetic) nervous system kick in and that diverts blood away from the digestive muscles into the muscles that you need to run away. IIRC (and it was a long time ago) from A level Biology, this is why you have to shit/puke/piss lots when you're nervous or fired up.
thats good enough for me, had heard it before but wasnt sure if it was a fact or a FACT
 
#16
Witnessed it at about 1000' above Weston on the Green DZ when on my basic para course. A lad from 9 Sqn managed to let a couple of litres of dung slide down his legs just prior to exiting the aircraft.

The smell on the bus returning back to Brize Norton was nausea inducing but quite sexy.
That's one of the funny things about fear and courage.

I did that course without being scared enough to shit myself, which in my book makes the lad from 9Sqn braver than me.

Which isn't difficult, to be fair.

I'm still struggling to see how evacuating your bowels down your leg helps in the flight/fight situation but I suppose when we evolved that impulse the social demoralisation factor was absent.
 
#17
i've seen people throw up but would put that down to tension and not fear,proper, i-am-about-to-die-fear, as it came before the event where as fear always made my gut feel as if it was trying to leave via my ********. has anyone actually seen someone shit themselves through fear?

Not seen it but I recall a book or an article where a prison officer related that in the final night before a particular execution, the condemned man had to have his clothing changed because of an evacuation- perfectly understandable, I reckon.

The odd thing is that I've found is that if often doesn't relate to perceived mental state- but likely to the subconcious only. For example, I enjoy flying and have no concerns or aprehensions , yet on pitching up a the airport, Ex-lax is the last thing I need and judging by the state of the bogs, I'm not the only one.
 
#18
That's one of the funny things about fear and courage.

I did that course without being scared enough to shit myself, which in my book makes the lad from 9Sqn braver than me.

Which isn't difficult, to be fair.

I'm still struggling to see how evacuating your bowels down your leg helps in the flight/fight situation but I suppose when we evolved that impulse the social demoralisation factor was absent.
To be honest, I never experienced fear when parachuting. My legs jittering about whilst stood in the door was merely caused by my internal beat box banging out disco tunes; and the tears streaming down my cheeks were caused by the slipstream tickling my sensitive eyes.

My vice like grip on either side of the para doors when the green light was lit was only a last ditch effort to get some upper body phys done prior to tabbing off the DZ.

The blood curdling screams emmiting from my constricted larynx, during the flight phase until landing, were war cries.
 

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