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Psychology of Survival, Part 2: What is a catastrophic event and what initially happens to you when you experience one

July 25, 2012
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Let’s begin by defining a disaster or catastrophic event. It is defined typically as one “which causes serious loss, destruction, hardship, unhappiness, or death.” In the realm of psychology, it is defined as “an experience that extends beyond the realm of normal human experience, that one would not otherwise encounter.” One definition of disaster...
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The Psychology of Survival, Part 1, “Survival Begins in the Mind”

July 24, 2012
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There is more to surviving than having material preparations. Survival actually begins within your involuntary nervous system. Within us, we have automatic responses which automatically trigger when we are in danger. It is often referred to as “the fight or flight” response. The automatic systems in our bodies prepare us to either engage in...
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