why is when you startle called jumping

So I had an interesting thought at 3 am why is it when you startle why is referred to as jumping does anyone know the answer to this?

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3 Responses to why is when you startle called jumping

  1. Lisa Landry says:

    I guess because when you are startled, you jump. My husband is always coming behind me so quietly that I get startled and the physical reaction is to jump.

  2. Robert Escandon says:

    I came to realize that this is what the able-bodied people call it (out of ignorance.) They also think we get scared. To me there is a difference between getting scared and getting startled. Yes, sometimes I do get startled however 98% of the time it is an involuntary response my body does and 75% of the time I don’t realize my body does it. This is why I have separated this action from who I am (unless I actually do get startled). I was accused of lying when I told someone that I didn’t get scared. 1, I didn’t even know my body made a movement as response to a loud sound (I was wearing earphones listening to music.) My best guess is my body felt the vibration the sound made and “jumped” at that. And 2, she used the word “scared” as in “did you get scared?” After I said no she said “don’t lie brother” (church setting). I had already explained to her and others about involuntary movements at loud sounds so I felt no need to defend myself and simply let it go. Going back to the difference between being scared and being startled: Startled is involuntary and fleeting; scared can be voluntary and lengthy (you can go to a cliff and realize you’re scared of heights (fear of heights; phobia) to overcome you can chose to face that fear. In Christ, Robert Escandon

    • Crip Video says:

      Interesting point here man. In people with CP it is the Moro Reflex which is connected to the balance center of the brain so in a sense it is primal animal “I’m going to get eaten and/or die” fear of falling.

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