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Superhuman Strength - A Hero

Updated on January 2, 2017

Lauren and Her Father

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A Hero

A few days ago Lauren Kornacki,a 22 year old recent college graduate went looking for her father and found him pinned under a 3000 pound car in their garage. Apparently the jack slipped and the car fell on top of him. His arm was caught over his chest and he was unconscious. Lauren picked the car up using superhuman strength as if it was the end of a table. Then, she began CPR and in a few minutes he started to breathe again before the ambulance arrived. Her father suffered 5 fractured ribs, a fractured sternum and vertebrae. He has also lost some of the feeling in his right arm but doctors expect him to make a full recovery. Lauren says she is no hero but she saved her father’s life.

Superhuman Strength

This is not the first time we have heard of such a feat. How does someone, like this petite woman, have the strength to move something as heavy as a car, even with an adrenal surge? Does the fact that the trapped man was her father have anything to do with her super strength?

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Superheros in Fiction

So often in fiction, whether movies or hero games, characters exhibit superhuman strength, which is the ability to be stronger than is humanly possible. Yet, in 2006, Tim Boyle watched as a Chevrolet Camero hit 18 year old Kyle Holtrust and pin him under the car. Kyle was still alive, so Tim Boyle lifted the car while the driver of the car pulled the boy to safety saving his life. There are many other examples of similar events.

Heroes

“Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They're just braver 5 minutes longer.”
Ronald Reagan

Hysterical Strength

Hysterical strength is another term used to describe superhuman strength. We have heard of mothers lifting cars of their children. Hysterical strength is unnatural and amazing and it only happens during high stress situations. This phenomenon is not recognized by medical science. Of course, they cannot reproduce these events in a clinical setting, which means they may never have a complete explanation. However, they can hardly deny that these events occur. Furthermore, they are aware that the adrenalin effects do improve strength to an amazing degree for short periods of time.

Angry Polar Bear

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2745714/My-battle-death-angry-hungry-polar-bear.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2745714/My-battle-death-angry-hungry-polar-bear.html

A Hero for Sure

In 2006, Lydia Angyiou wrestled a polar bear when she saw it heading toward her son and another boy playing hockey. This woman wrestled with the bear until a neighbor was able to shoot the bear 4 times until it died. Lydia only suffered some minor wounds. This is certainly a remarkable story of courage, hysterical strength or just plain craziness.

Adrenalin Reaction in Fight versus Flight

Most people have heard of the fight or flight syndrome, which occurs when we are faced with a suddenly dangerous situation. What actually happens from a physical standpoint? The stressor quickly stimulates the hypothalamus, and this area of the brain maintains the balance between stress and relaxation in the body. When it receives the danger alert the hypothalamus sends a signal to the adrenal glands, which in turn activates the sympathetic system. At this point the body is in an excited state. The adrenal glands secrete epinephrine and noradrenalin hormones.

The body is instantly in a state of readiness with an increased heart rate, increased respirations, dilated pupils and blood is diverted away from the digestive tract into the muscles. Adrenalin allows the muscles to contract more effectively than when the body in a relaxed state. As the adrenal glands are located just above the kidneys, they allow blood to easily flow into the muscles which increases from 300-400%. Furthermore, glycogen is quickly converted into glucose, which strengthens the muscles even further. The body is so amazing as this whole process happens in a matter of seconds.

Physiology Chart of Stress Reaction

Diagram courtesy of adohone
Diagram courtesy of adohone

Adrenaline: Fight or Flight Response

Summary

We are sure to hear of other heroic stories that sound impossible, but fortunately for us they are possible. I would assume the stress level would increase to an even more intense level if a loved one’s life was in danger, and this is probably true for children in danger as well. Most people feel a strong sense of protection where children are concerned. We are so fortunate that there are a lot of heroes in this world.

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    WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

    My son and I were on our quads in remote Arizona when mine ended up on top of me, pinning me to the ground with its 650 pound weight. My son ran back and lifted it off of me easily.

    After we calmed down, it took both of us to get it upright again!

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    Charles James 4 years ago from Between New York and London

    Awesome, just awesome. Power to the Human!

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    Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

    Call it adrenaline, hysteria, furor or madness. We all have the ability to gather strength for that extra five minutes. mothers can be the first in line, trying to fight that invinsible threat down the budget. Well written Pam! Wish all our Presidents had this drive of humanity behind that strength.

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    Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

    Pamela,

    I have always found this information very fascinating! Thanks for sharing those stories! The car being lifted up by that college grad and the wrestling of the polar bear are insane, but very interesting stories.

    Thanks for sharing Pamela!

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    Will, That is sure an example of super human strength. It doesn't sound like you were hurt, which is good. I appreciate your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    jacharless, Thanks so much for your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    Lord, I sure do to. None has quite compared to him. Thank you so much for your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    Josh, We hear so much negative on the news it is nice to hear about some positive stories occasionally. Thanks so much for your comments.

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    Rema T V 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    Hi Pamela,

    This topic is very interesting and intriguing too. I have given it a thought many a time though I haven't faced any such situation so far. But I am sure I would become super human if my loved ones' life was in danger. Very well-written hub with a good scientific explanation. Great hub Pamela. Voted up and awesome and sharing it across. Cheers, Rema.

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    Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

    Pamela, wow, this is all very interesting and you've done a very good job in writing this piece. I have heard some stories of adrenalin taking over and resulting in super human power in stressful situations, when it was life or death. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    Rema, I am glad you enjoyed the hug and thanks for sharing it. I appreciate your comments.

    Faith Reaper, Thank you so much for your comments. Blessings.

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    Anne 4 years ago from Spain

    Hi Pamela. What an attention grabbing hub. I was fascinated reading it. Of course I have heard of this phenomena before, but never any of the miracles you described so well...wow fancy taking on a full grown polar bear. Mind you it´s just something you wouldn´t even pause to reconsider if it was heading for your child. Great hub, voted up as always.

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    Johnathan L Groom 4 years ago from Bristol, CT

    a lot of sidebar info- interesting

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Pamela.....Excellent!! A wonderful story of actual events, involving incidents of humans displaying "super" human feats in times of panic and emergency.

    I have had the pleasure of knowing more than one individual who has been through an experience such as these, which you describe so well here.

    One case in particular, was quite similar to what Will described while with his son. A friend of mine lifted a 700 lb. snow mobile off her son's leg in 3 seconds flat. She is 5'5' and 130 lbs! This is simple for another mother to believe!

    Thank you for this fascinating hub! UP++

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    bac2basics, I don't even think you would consider any other course of action if you child was in danger. Thank you so much for your comments.

    Jonathan, Thank you for your comments.

    fpherj, I think the strength of a mother concerning her child is really impressive and I imagine it would be the same for the father. Women may get more notice when they are 5'5" and weight 130#'s. These are very impressive true stories. Thanks so much for your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    naimishika, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.

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    mismazda 4 years ago from a southern georgia peach

    Excellent...i enjoyed reading this hub and really believe in super human strength..voted up and sharing and awesome....

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    harliquinn 4 years ago

    What a wonderful hub. I really enjoyed reading it. We look at Superheroes so often that we look over the REAL heroes who live in our own world.

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    Awesome hub reminding us how truly amazing our bodies are.

    Love the interesting examples and cool illustrations.

    Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting.

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    Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

    I have heard of these remarkable feats of strength when danger is close. Our bodies are wired to give the extraordinary surge needed in a time of acute stress. Loved this hub..Thank you for sharing these amazing stories..

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    IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

    Wow! Lauren is indeed a great hero. I am always amazed by people who saved others life. wondeful hub to read!

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    mismazda, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    harliquinn, I think you are right. Thanks for your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    Gail, Our bodies are amazing and that is why I decided to write this hub. I appreciate your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    Ruby, I loved the stories and there are many more I could have written but the hub would have been too long. Our bodies are extraordinary is right. I appreciate your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    unknown spy, I think Lauren is a hero also. Thanks so much for your comments.

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    Mellonyy 4 years ago

    Good transition between superhuman strength and the superhero in fictions. Great stories!, Shared!

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    Mellony, I'm so glad out enjoyed the hub. I ap0preciate your comments and the share.

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    breakfastpop 4 years ago

    I loved this hub. It's a fascinating subject. I suppose as human beings we are only tapping into a tiny part of our abilities. Up interesting and awesome.

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    POP, I think that is true and the stories of the remarkable are always interesting. Thanks for your comments.

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    libby1970 4 years ago from KY

    I love reading things like this. It has always fascinated me when someone does something very brave that goes against our own human strength. Adrenaline can give a person that burst of energy that gives them a little added strength and courage...but it seems there is always something more that pushed them to go above that and become almost like a super-hero... maybe it's the love of our family or another human that pushed the boundaries and forces us to tap into something few can! Beautiful hub! Thanks for the good read!

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    Libby, I love to read these stories also and I do think you can never underestimate the love we have for family members. Thank you so much for your comments.

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    Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

    This is so amazing, I have read a few stories which are similar, to be able to lift such a weight in times of stress is as you said something that cannot be monitored but is definitely an incredible thing to do, really interesting, thanks!

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    Nell Rose, Yes, it is incredible. Thanks for your comments.

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    molometer 4 years ago

    Hello Pamela,

    What a brilliant well written and researched hub. These stories of super human strength are all the more remarkable because the people do not think of themselves as 'A hero'. Adrenalin is an amazing hormone. The video was great to.

    Voted up and 4/5 buttons. Tweeting this one.

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    drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

    What remarkable stories of people exhibiting superhuman strength in these moments of danger. Thank you, Pamela, for putting this all together in such a very interesting way. Fascinating vignettes.

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    Molometer, I'm glad you enjoyed hub and I greatly appreciate your comments. Thanks for the tweet.

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    drbj, Thank you so much for your comments.

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    Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

    Pamela, your talent continues to impress me! Wow, what a great post and the design is awesome.

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    teaches, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.

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    Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

    I believe this is so true, because I have had moments in my life to account for being able to utilize my very own super human strength, and at long periods of time though, and I thought I was the only one who had such strength until I heard about such a thing by others, and on television as well in documentaries about such occurrences.

    I love your biological explanation of it all with the adrenal gland, it took me back to high school and AP Biology class.

    A++ on this hub from me, voted up and out for sure.

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    deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

    Actually in the time of utter crisis only one knows the value of true strength which never lets one down if we have true intention to save some life. You hub is very wonderfully put together with nice pic as well. the starting story of Lauren Kornacki and her father is simply awesome. Many Accolades to her ......Thanks for sharing this one.

    All my votes up and sharing as well.

    And I am very happy to follow you too:-)

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    Karen Silverman 4 years ago

    The human mind and body are amazing beyond our wildest dreams! When adrenaline and NEED come together - anything is possible..Great topic and hub!

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    CloudExplorer, Now you know you are not alone and who knows how many lives have been saved because of this phenomena. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.

    dghbrh, I certainly appreciate your comments and I agree that it is in the time of crisis that we find out about this strength. I am pleased to have you as a fan.

    ImKarn, I absolutely agree. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and appreciate your comments.

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    Lovelovemeloveme 4 years ago from Cindee's Land

    Ive read many cases on this.

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    Lovelovemeloveme, I agree that it happens more often then most people realize. Thanks for the comments.

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    Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

    Hi Pam... Very interesting when you read of such things happening in every day normal people, outside of the other side of Hollywood. Great hub and thanks for the work you have put into it...

    Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    Rolly, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments. Hugs from Fl and Blessings.

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    RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

    This is always such an interesting topic! The successful rescues of people in danger by normal people who are somehow inspired and strengthened for a superhuman task can really be amazing.

    The stories of people who have been mauled and killed by bears are horrifying, and polar bears are far from the cute, cuddly images that sell Christmas Coke. This mother did the only thing she could with no time to think about it, willing to die if need be to give her child life. Our God-given instincts really can set things in motion in our minds and bodies to help us do amazing things!

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    RTalloni, Our God given instincts to protect our children are certainly strong. Thanks so much for your comments.

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    Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

    Oh, danger can be a strong motivation. It's at such times when our courage really comes to the fore!! Thanks for sharing this, Pamela, which I share as well as tweet.

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    Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

    Pamela- This is a definite. I've heard of many examples, and have experienced one myself. Had heard it was an adrenalin rush, but had no knowledge of how it was created. Great Hub!

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    Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    Pamela, amazing stories. It's incredible what the human body can do when faced with the fight or flight scenario. Every now and then I read a story about someone doing something superhuman and it amazes me. Thanks for sharing with us

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    midget, You are so right. Thanks so much for your comments and the share.

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    rcumple, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and have experienced the adrenalin rush when needed. I appreciate your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    bdegiulio, These stories always amaze me also. Thanks so much for your comments.

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    Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

    Very interesting, Pamela. I have always been held spellbound by stories of the superhuman strength. It is a blessing for sure that it happens. Lives saved that would not have been otherwise is the result of such sudden strength.

    I have never known anyone who has had it but have heard it reported often enough to know it is true. Thank you for sharing this with us. ps

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    pstraubie, These stories are truly amazing, although I have not personally observed one either. I don't doubt them. I appreciate your comments.

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    KenWu 4 years ago from Malaysia

    It's amazing how the human body can a react during time of emergence. I first heard about this from Tony Robbins's audio and it was described as how you did it up there.

    Voted up, and everything except funny. Shared it too.

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    Ken Wu, It has always been amazing to me as I have heard many stories about this super human strength through the years. Thanks for your comments.

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