Where, how, when, and by whom.
Hurt comes at you in all sorts of ways,
From accidents to assaults, to a simple scratch left untreated, a breath of something nasty, let alone climatic conditions. No water, food, or life maintaining drugs doesn’t help either.
It’s not all PTSD even though that’s today’s BUZZ phrase.
Loneliness, despair, personal fears and phobia, peer rejection, loss of another, financial problems, bullying, terminal illness, cult pressure, this particular list goes on and on.
Thus without being too specific, your mind is a potent weapon which can work for you or against you. It’s a simple thing to say your mindset will probably be your biggest asset during a survival scenario but that isn’t so easy to train or harden for the oncoming storm and it’s ‘damage’.
It’s also not enough to claim “You’ve trained for everything, equipped for the same, nothing can affect your drive and determination, EVER!
Lets digress for a second.
All those who recently bought their first gun. Why did you get a gun in the first place?
Was it for future defence after surviving a personal attack on you or because you thought you should as (according to the media) the world is going to hell in a hand basket?
Was it to snub your nose at all things government? The US famed 2nd Amendment bit.
Snap quiz, How many of you new gun lovers have taken lives with your new gun?
Those who have, or those who have in the past, how’s it working out for you, Mentally?
It’s not easy dealing with the effects of a mental blow of such magnitude is it?
BUT if it’s too cold, too hot, too dry, or too wet, so what, that’s different.
With physical things over a short time, most can cope, most will fight to survive.
Except the weak of mind will usually just give up.
I’m not sorry to say that when that occurs, it’s no great loss.
But when was the last time you didn’t interact with another human or even listen to a human voice for a long time?
Historically most survivors who have ‘walked out’ of a long-term survival scenario without interaction with others exhibit all kinds of ‘strange’ behaviour both physically and mentally. Here’s some of the common ones to think about:-
- Loneliness increases the risk of suicide for young and old alike.
It takes a special sort of person to live truly alone by choice as people are mainly gregarious. Without some sort of interaction most literally implode.
- Your response to situations may become purely reactive and not thought through.
Fight or flight response become your norm.
- It raises your levels of perceived stress.
This actually changes your hormones and blood pressure affecting your body function.
- Your emotions will become extreme.
Tiny things become major crisis for instance.
Fears and phobia can go into overdrive and that goes back to number 2.
- Loneliness affects sleep, and thus sleep becomes less restorative.
That effects you both physically and psychologically.
Consider Mr ‘Lone Wolf’ survivor. Looking after yourself 24/7 means protecting yourself 24/7. This leads to loss of sleep, and that’s BAD!
- Cabin fever is a term for you developing mood swings like lassitude, irritability, and similar symptoms resulting from long confinement or isolation indoors during the winter. Only mood swings are applicable to them outdoors as well.
- Without a moderator (someone else), you may become reclusive, introspective, aggressive, and some become indifferent about personal hygiene.
- Your eating habits change, you’ll probably lose any sense of proportion or balance to what you eat. You may even adopt an hunter-gatherer appetite, eating everything you can when you can as you never know when you’ll eat again.
And that’s just a few quick thoughts.
So where am I going with this?
The simple question is can you survive alone?
What can you do to see if you are suitable for a lonely existence in a possibly austere world?
It could be that NASA have. Why NASA?
Because they have been profiling people for suitability on long space trips i.e. to Mars.
NASA say that within a team the best male astronauts were optimistic and confident but not arrogant. By adding females to a space crew, the group did better.
Hang on though, I’ve just been talking about being all alone.
In general the shrinks think this about the ideal loner:-
- Individuals having little need of companionship and are most comfortable alone.
- Like their independence, self-sufficient and self-reliant, decision makers, creative, practical, and inventive with a wide knowledge and skill base.
- Even-tempered, calm, stubborn, dispassionate, unsentimental, and unflappable.
- Don’t mind discomfort or hardship, not a complainer by nature.
- They are not driven by sexual needs and will not suffer in its absence.
- Don’t care about what people think and are content with their own behavior.
- They can settle into a routine and maintain it and personal standards over time.
Think you fit this type of person?