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Psychology of Survival Checklist

Introduction

In a survival situation, the powers that be always say don't panic, but that is almost useless information because it is so basic and obvious. This following list tells you specifically what to do, instead of what not to. This list is based on the book, Deep Survival, which is based on the idea that some people with all the correct equipment give up and die while some people who are ill prepared succeed. The list is basically about how not to panic.

trust your gut feelings before taking on situations you think may lead to risk

CONCENTRATE ON ATTITUDE FIRST

  • pray for focus
  • turn fear into focus, strength for action
  • pay attention to details
  • focus on the hear and now

START TAKING ACTION

  • be bold but also cautious
  • believe anything is possible
  • expect things to be different this time

GO SLOW AND REST

  • go slow - allow things to take 8 times longer than expected
  • remember to rest - only go at 60% your normal speed
  • long term memories can help you rest

MORE SPECIFIC

  • give yourself small tasks
  • develop a routine
  • try to help others
  • do anything necessary to survive

KEEP GOING

  • do not second guess yourself or think about why the risky situation occurred
  • let other family members motivate you
  • balance privacy and community
  • use humor and awe of the power of nature

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