The freeze response occurs upon simultaneous activation of the sympathetic and parasympathetic states of the autonomic nervous system (ANS). This happens when the limbic system detects that neither fight nor flight is appropriate in the current situation and that they are in mortal danger. The victim of the trauma and, consequently, the freezing reflex perceives reality differently. The sensation of pain decreases, time slows down, and the person acts numb.
Due to the protection of the center of the organism, consciousness develops its surface numbness by increasing its tone. Freud wrote that the outer part then ceases to have the structure characteristic of a living being, and to some extent, becomes inorganic. Mollusk armor is a fine example of hardening the membrane's surface to protect sensitive parts of the body.
Skin isn't only a shield or the physical border of our body, but it is also deeply connected to our consciousness.