Abstraction is a tool that streamlines gameplay.
Larping can get real intense in many ways, especially when you do it at a remote camp out in the woods. I've been chased in the dark of night by folks with foam weapons, heart pounding. I'm sure if it were a real bear or boar* or something my heart would have been pounding way harder, but still. I've also had emotional breakdowns at larp events, probably a fair part of why I stopped. When there's no support for that kind of incident, it's not as fun to go any more.That does sound really intense. More intense than I'd prefer if I'm honest. LARPing isn't a thing I have any first-hand knowledge of but isn't that kind of experience at least in the expected range?
I also remember a larp Jason Morningstar ran at Big Bad Con a while back. The players were all soldiers in a totatlitarian state, and one of us had committed some act of treason so we were all being held in a cell, as interrogations went on in the next room. Everybody had a brief motivation & backstory that came out and often caused friction with at least one other soldier. Things got heated, but nobody broke...in fact, one of us falsely confessed and got executed just to protect everybody else. I recall Jason saying we were actually the first group that didn't break, but of course we had the escape valuve of the false confessor.
* Note: There were in fact wild boars that broke into people's tents during these events, so walking alone at night was in fact risky. Also a fellow fell off a short cliff one time and the ambulance took a while to get out there.