Friday, May 22, 2015
It’s nice to say that in a SHTF or TEOTWAWKI event that we “should” not panic.
Saying that is supremely illogical, however.
To be blunt, telling someone not to panic in a SHTF or TEOTWAWKI makes as much sense as telling a boy in the beginning stages puberty not to get a spontaneous erection.
Both are involuntary reactions that “just happen” and can are in fact amped up through our thinking.
Thus, in a SHTF or TEOTWAWKI moment, all of us will feel panic involuntarily, BUT, by thinking differently, we can manage the impact of panic.
When we perceive danger—for our own safety—our brain decides whether to fight or take flight.
Our bodies are designed to respond and the sensation of panic is how our bodies tell us that there is danger.
Our hearts beat faster to increase oxygen flow.
This increased amount of oxygen allows us to think faster and that is where it all can go to hell in a hand basket.
Faster thoughts only increase the likelihood that false assumptions will be made and foolish reactions chosen.
Take a look at the following video.
The driver of the car is prepared for a SHTF moment, but his panic gets the better of him and he exposes himself to egregious legal hot water in the process.
While being prepared against a home invasion is admirable, the driver of the car comes out blasting.
The two intruders attempt to flee and the driver of the car is still blasting even when the one nearest him is in full submission.
What’s worse is that the driver runs out of his garage still blasting indiscriminately and—in so doing—puts innocent people in danger —that may have heard the blasts and ran outside to see what was happening.
The increased oxygen flow we experience during a panic situation can also result in lightheadedness and confusion, which in turn can amp up the panic even more.
Think of your heart being faster and feeling lightheaded and suddenly getting the notion that you might be having a heart attack.
That gives the brain something to zero in on and—in turn—an irrational fear becomes an incontrovertible truth.
In panic mode, we are programmed to overestimate the perceived threat so that if there is one, it does not get the upper hand, but that overestimation can be potentially devastating as we saw in the video.
When we sense panic, we need to focus on breathing more slowly and asking key questions:
Is the threat real?
If it is real, how much of a threat is this?
If it is a real threat, engage a small serving of your normalcy bias (everything will be OK), consciously slow down your breathing, and examine the step you are about to take.
Will it work? If not, go to plan B.
Are there any hazards? If there are, manage them if you can.
All of our prepping creates a heightened normalcy bias. We THINK that because we are prepared that we will weather the storm, but be do not LITERALLY know that until the SHTF or TEOTWAWKI event occurs.
Prepping only allows us to recover faster.
It does not prevent panic.