When I was imprisoned, there was that first moment of disbelief that this was happening. On the surface I was calm and obedient but inside the mind was scrambling to make sense of it. It was reworking every corner of the scenario to find a loop-hole and to figure out what was the course of action that would get me free. It was my mind taking action because my body was unable to help itself.
I have seen that thought pattern happening in clients. In some it may be the cause of their panic attacks. It seems like their mind is in a loop that was created by a horrific scenario in a past life. They may forget all the trauma that they endured but they bring the mind loop into this life. The mind loop seems to have no purpose but it does. It is trying to keep the body safe at all costs.
The mind is privy to all the unconscious memories. It is doing all that it can to prevent the body from getting in the same predicament as it was in before. What needs to be done is to heal the wounds from the past as a means to disengage the mind loop in the present. Conscious awareness of the relationship of the cause to the effect goes a long way.