Alright, this is probably going to sound strange, but bear with me.
I've never been very good at online combat games, particularly those with guns. At first, I thought it was due to my lack of experience playing these kinds of games, especially with a mouse and a headset. Recently, however, I've started to notice my reaction towards combat situations. You see, I've been playing lots of Rust recently, which is a survival game where losing in a combat situation against another player could mean losing hours or even days of progress. You could be peacefully mining wood in a forest when some dude with an AK jumps out from behind a rock and starts shooting you. Now, most players in this situation would be able to quickly pull out their gun, jump for cover, and start fighting back, but me? I just start panicking. My fingers flinch, and when I can finally get them back on the keyboard I usually end up hitting the menu button or something, by which point I'm already dead. Even if I'm aware that a combat situation is imminent and have my weapon drawn, I'll usually flinch and lose aim on them. Hell, even if I'm sniping someone whose unaware of my presence, I'll often flinch slightly when firing and miss. I'll also lose all sense of judgement in combat situations, making me do something stupid like bumrush a guy with an automatic weapon 40 feet away with a spear.
Looking back, I started to realize that I've had this problem, albeit less pronounced, in every shooting game. Like, I'd probably be a pretty good battlefield player if I didn't tense up so much when being fired at. Same goes for any game with guns, really. I just find it so odd that I have these reactions, considering I'm not a very easily scared person. I've seen nearly every good horror movie under the sun and never felt extreme fear watching any of them.
So anyways, I'm making this thread to see if anyone else has this problem, and if anyone knows of any good solutions. I'll be interested to hear your thoughts.