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Survival Psychology
Prepping and the Psychology of Survival

Develop a mindset of preparing for any possible disaster
Survival psychology is the most important of survival skills. What
separates survivors from those who don't make it? People who
respond quickly, remain clear in head, focused in their task, and
have a stress free attitude, have a distinct advantage when it
comes to survival. This attitude enables better intuition and
judgment; whereas an overwhelmed mind just can't think logically
and as a result leads to poor decisions.  

The psychological consequences of hunger and thirst; cold or
heat; crowding or isolation; fatigue or sleep deprivation are
among the things you will face without a plan to combat the
hardships or avert the dangers. Indeed, having the proper
mindset could save your life, which is why survival planning is so

What is survival planning? Survival planning is much more than
stocking the necessary food, water, and security items. It also
goes beyond a positive mental attitude because good and happy
thoughts alone can't help you find your way out of a disaster.
Survival planning is a psychological first-aid. It is a matter of
having hope and determination to survive and having a logical
plan to go along with it.

When you prepare, you dramatically increase your chances for
survival. Make a plan to survive by absorbing the seven rules of
survival psychology. This read just may save your life.

Seven Lessons of Survival Psychology
Here are the seven survival or "prepper psychology" rules (a
prepper's list of urban survival skills):

Survival Psychology rule #1: Respond quickly, don't
People who respond quickly and remain clear-headed have a
distinct advantage when it comes to survival. In short, every
second counts when it comes to survival! Case in point is the
wildfires of Napa and Sonoma counties in California where fires
were so fast that
hesitation proved lethal.

The Nike, "Just do it," advertising campaign probably stems from
sage Disney advice:

  • "The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing."
    Walt Disney

Know that you are built with a
fight or flight response. Failure to
react is the most important factor to consider. Preppers have the
advantage because they know how to react when a catastrophic
situation will present itself. They will not be the deer stuck in the
headlights, because they have, in their mind, run a thousand
scenarios and know how to respond. They have a plan. Others will
not be so lucky. They will head to FEMA camps and will huddle in
fear. Most will not survive the end of the world as we know it. So
what is your survival plan?

    Your survival plan is this:
  1. Respond quickly to do anything it takes to stay alive.
  2. Make 100% of your energy devoted to survival and have
    the will to live.
  3. Never quit!

Survival Psychology Rule #2: Do things right the first
The key to doing things right, as all preppers know, is
preparation. What you do today will help your chances for survival
tomorrow. The only way to do things right, is to practice them.

If you have a
gas mask, then learn without a doubt how to put it
on in thirty seconds or less. You must think about what to do
when you're not under stress. Create your plan today and store it
away as needed. Remain clear in your head and stay focused on
your task.

Survival Psychology Rule #3: Plan an escape route.
Think through your actions with mental imagery if you were in a
scenario. Any preparation as mundane as possible could save your

Never live in an hotel room or apartment below the first sixth
floor. Most fire ladders extend only to the sixth floor. You should
also know the route out of a building as if you were blind as
smoke could block your vision. Walk the evacuation route before
disaster strikes with your eyes closed, even while at a hotel or a
friends home.

  • Always look for cross roads while walking.
  • Give your car a buffer to get around the cars ahead of you.
  • Find your life raft on a ferry before you find your seat.
  • Count seats to the exit on a plane before you place your
    baggage in the overhead compartments.
  • Hold regular fire drills with your family, including specifics on
    how to deploy the escape ladder (as this is something kids
    won't know how to do without instruction).

Survival Psychology Rule #4: Never underestimate
the danger.
The normalcy bias is the mental state you might face during a
disaster where you underestimate the disaster and its possible
effects. Never underestimate the dangers!
Life poses imminent danger as some day you will die; however,
you can postpone the imminent threat with advanced planning. In
fires, many people underestimate the severity of fires. They think
they have more time than they actually do. This is often called
"friendly fire syndrome." The best example of "friendly fire
syndrome" was evident on Sept. 11, 2001. Unfortunately, many of
those who died went to the bathroom, filed away papers, shut
down their computers and locked their cabinets or finishing their
meals, instead of heading for the fire exits. They also got
together to try to figure out what to do. They huddled together in
groups, and called their families to get news. Instead they should
have spent their time evacuating.

Survival Psychology Rule #5: Ignore peer pressure!
People ignore danger because of peer pressure. This is the thing
that Preppers face constantly with their non-prepping family
members, friends and acquaintances who think they are crazy for

Peer pressure is able to exert its power in more ways than meets
the eye. In short, people don't want to look silly. They don't want
to risk their reputation, and yet they are willing to risk their life!
It makes no sense until you think of it this way. Most alarms are
false, aren't' they? Why get up and get out of building if it's likely
to be false. This is the non-prepper mentality. A prepper would
get our of the building immediately and without much thought.
They likely have already planned their escape route in their mind
many times.

Survival Psychology Rule #6: Have confidence to take
Be "in charge'! Your preparedness will count for nothing unless
you put your plans into action. The person who survives is the
one who has self confidence. Having self confidence will help you
deal with the situation at hand. Need to survive and tell yourself
specifically what you need to do. Remember, that what you do
could really make the difference. You are responsible for your life.
You can affect your own destiny.

Anyone who has taken a CPR class knows that the only thing
separating you from the others is your confidence in knowing
what to do. A person trained in CPR will command someone else
to call 911. They will take charge of the situation to evaluate the
life condition. They will also ask permission for help from the
victim or guardian. That is because they are the person in control.
You can't help someone who doesn't want to be helped. For
many, there is a sense of relief when someone else is in charge.
Survivors are "in charge" and the lead the situation at hand.

Survival Psychology Rule #7: Adopt a positive
It has been proven through the holocaust survivors that those
who had hope made it through. Have hope to survive. Be happy
that you've prepared. Surely, the happiest people on earth will be
the ones who've prepared should the unthinkable happen. You
can thrive with a positive mental attitude!

More Survival Psychology Resources:
Survival is psychology. Here's a compelling documentary on the
psychology of survival.
Above, Ray Mears shows you the impact the mind has on extreme survival.
Your ability to adapt has everything to do with survival. Take control of your
survival and learn the important techniques above.

  • How does your brain impact your survival chances in the
    wilderness? Author Cristen Conger tackles this question and
    offers some advice in a free article on
    "When you realize you've entered into a survival situation,
    resist panic and take a few minutes to plan," the author
    says. This excellent article reviews the mechanics of your
    body reacting to stress including the negative effects of
    stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol), as well as the
    importance of a having positive mental attitude because
    without it our bodies and our brain wear down faster. It's a
    quick read and well worth the time.

  • Survival Psychology Book: Hawkes Special Forces Survival
    Handbook: Mykel Hawke's Special Forces Survival Handbook,
    right, isn't a survival psychology book, but it has an excellent
    chapter on the subject of hunger. Packed with useful tips for
    Preppers, though it's an outdoor survival guide, you'll find
    the survival psychology section fascinating. You can be
    prepared in the event you run out of gas in the desert, get
    snowed in or your boat capsized. Discover shelter and water,
    food and fire, tools and medicine, navigation and signaling
    and getting out alive.

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