Whether in movies or real life, we've all heard stories of people who are plunged in a life-or-death situation and suddenly have the strength to lift a tree or a car. One of the most popular examples of this is Tom Boyle, Jr., who, when he witnessed a cyclist get hit and dragged several feet by a Camaro, was able to lift the front end of the car and free the cyclist. What happened to give Boyle—or the mother who fought off a polar bear advancing on her son, or the grandmother who threw a riding lawnmower before it could kill her granddaughter—this kind of superhuman strength?
Hysterical Strength Is The Superhuman Power You Get In Emergencies
The seemingly superhuman powers that people get during emergencies (a mom lifting a heavy car to save her trapped baby, for example) may seem like science-fiction, but they're very real. Hysterical strength, as it's properly called, results from an adrenaline rush in high-stress situations.
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