Named for humanity's hard-wired responses to threats of danger, the "fight or flight" syndrome is of the essence this holiday season. American citizens currently face a cornucopia of deadly threats, from anthrax and smallpox to exploding planes and the return of Michael Jackson--and, inevitably, every person on your shopping list falls on one side of the fight-or-flight divide. Your task: Find out who's a fighter and who's a flier, then shop accordingly.
In most cases, the division between fighters and fliers is clear. Fighters are pragmatic realists who never flinch from the rougher side of life. Fliers are romantic escapists who'd rather get drunk and watch cable than deal with anything as messy as laundry, much less war.
Wondering where your friends and loved ones fall on the "fight or flight" scale? Give them the handy-dandy quiz on the next page to find out!