The biggest threat to survival is fear. Although fear is a natural reaction to disaster, it can also be the one element that is the most difficult to overcome. The good news? It can be overcome. How? With knowledge of how survival works.
There is no secret that man is weak in comparison to its adversaries, but luckily, humans have one very big advantage over natural enemies – the power to use our minds to gain an advantage. If you think in terms of nature, or, the wilderness as an adversary, gaining the upper hand will require thinking and creativity. It also requires the application of knowledge, which in itself, is as powerful than our basic instinct to survive.
So, the question – are you a survivor? – requires other tough questions to be asked, along with an assessment of your current skills. To gain a more realistic feel for where you are in terms of surviving, begin with this basic reaction assessment:
Use this scale to rate yourself:
- Deep fear
- Somewhat fearful
- Unsure of my reaction
- I think I can handle that
- I have no problem with this
Think about the situations listed below. Using the scale above, score yourself on how you may react to:
- The sight of my own blood.
- The sight of a loved one’s blood.
- The sight of a deceased person.
- Facing an animal in which you are not familiar (dog, cat, birds, etc.).
- Holding a worm.
- Cleaning or skinning fish or game.
- Sleeping on the ground.
- Foraging for food using only what the forest/wilderness has to offer.
What your score means:
If you scored 1-10: Your fear outweighs your preparedness and you are at a great risk of not surviving any situation. You will need to prepare yourself.
If you scored 11-20: Your fear is pretty overwhelming, but you are more likely to assess the situation and have a slight chance at survival. You will need to prepare yourself.
If you scored 21-30: Fear is present, but you have a pretty good chance to overcome that fear and survive. You will need to prepare yourself.
If you scored 31-40: Fear is not something that you often feel, but your chances of survival are fair. You will need to prepare yourself.
If you scored 41-50: Fear is foreign to you. You can handle most situations and will likely survive. You will need to prepare yourself.
As you can see, preparing yourself for survival is linked to all of these assessment questions. Once you begin learning how to overcome fear, reaction time will drop and chances of survival will grow.
The-Survivalist.Com does not expect you to put yourself in any situation above in order to prepare yourself for survival. What we do expect is to desensitize yourself by way of knowledge of how to best handle any of these types of situations. But, go dig up a few worms for good measure.