For most people who are already in a vulnerable state, that kind of shock is more likely to discourage and paralyze them.
They may have been afraid, and in most cases no doubt were, but their fears did not paralyze them.
His sister killed herself as a teenager, and her death continues to paralyze the Donovan boys in intriguing ways.
Thirty years after it ended, the emotion this crisis stirred continues to paralyze America's diplomatic imagination.
“A destructive cyberattack could paralyze the nation,” Panetta said.
This man they confound and paralyze, that man they rouse into resistance, as by a personal provocation and insult.
But do not be too much of a precisian, or you will paralyze me.
No amount of depravity could extinguish his hope of reform; no recurrence of ingratitude could paralyze his efforts.
It seemed to check and paralyze for the moment his generous nature.
In the October strike it had shown that it could disorganize the enemy, paralyze his will and utterly humiliate him.
paralyze par·a·lyze (pār'ə-līz')
v. par·a·lyzed, par·a·lyz·ing, par·a·lyz·es
To affect with paralysis; cause to be paralytic.