Originally Posted by olegeezer
I have a question. Does anyone know for certain how he or she is going to act in a highly stressed situation?
Well, yeah! Some of us are former soldiers and marines and seaman and pilots and police officers and EMT/Paramedics/firefighters. Some of us have been victims of violent crimes in the past. Some of us have been in natural disasters or other emergencies.
Yes...Some of us do know how we would react in a highly stressful situation. Some of us have had the blessing of professional training, and some of us have had to learn through traumatic experience.
The keys to survival are 2 things, IME:
1. A will to survive. You have to want to survive more than anything else. You have to believe that you CAN survive and that--dammit!--you deserve it! Believe that you WILL make sure you survive no matter what you have to do.
2. DON'T panic. You can and must control your thoughts! It IS possible to do...I've done it myself. Stop yourself. Stop your mind. Take a breath. Don't let yourself panic.
IMO, if we knew how many people died as a result of panic, we'd be startled. For example...and this could be debated but, I believe that nearly all accidental drownings are the result of panic.
Preparation, education/training, and proper equipment are beneficial and make the whole situation easy to handle; however, IMHO they are secondary to those 2 primary requirements. If you have gear and training yet you lose your mind or give up the will to fight, you'll more than likely be victimized anyway.
Remember...those hardened, bold, violent, career criminals have learned how to survive stressful situations through experience. Statistically, you are not their first violent crime victim and may not be their first kill either. You HAVE TO get yourself into a warrior mindset. You have to be willing to be extremely violent (I didn't say just BE...I said be WILLING to be if it's necessary). You have to be willing to survive even if it means challenging your personal taboos when the situation hits.
Sorry. This post was longer than intended.