The struggle for survival is a fascinating and inspiring subject, forming the basis for many of the most memorable books and movies. Psychologist Al Siebert’s personal fascination with survivors began when he received his military training from a group of veteran paratroopers. His teachers were legendary members of the 503rd Airborne Infantry Regiment. They had lost nine out of 10 members in combat in the Korean War. Siebert found that these “survivors” were not the crusty, yelling drill sergeants that he had anticipated. They were tough, yet showed patience. They had a good sense of humor and were likely to laugh at mistakes. They were positive, yet also looked at the downside of things. They didn’t act mean or tough, even though they could be as mean and tough as anyone. Siebert noticed that each of these men had a type of personal radar that was always on “scan.” He realized it was not dumb luck that had brought these men through their ordeals, but a synergistic combination of qualities that tilted the odds in their favor. Al believes that we can all benefit in our daily lives by nurturing and developing these positive character traits within our own personalities.https://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/self-reliance/survival-personality-ze0z10zkon
Typical Survivor Personality Traits
Most of these are self-explanatory:
Commitment to survive
Sense of humor
A mixture of opposites
“Get over it.”
Not rule followers
Here are the descriptions of the less obvious labels:
A mixture of opposites: The typical survivor is not always either hot or cold. Survivors have the ability to blend optimism with pessimism, so they can see the faults in a plan, but are not paralyzed by negativity. They combine humor with seriousness, self-confidence with a critical eye, and so on.
Intuition: At some point in our lives, we have all had demonstrations of the power of intuition. The rational mind makes decisions based on the available information, which is always imperfect at best. Intuition appears to give us the ability to move beyond the limits of time and space, to “see around corners” that the rational mind can’t breach.
“Bad patients.”: Bernie Siegal, founder of Exceptional Cancer Patients, observed that survivors who beat the odds against cancer and other life-threatening diseases were usually “bad patients.” These patients typically questioned their doctors and took an active role in their recovery, whereas “good patients” did just as they were told, questioned very little, and often died right on schedule.
Rating myself, at present (from 1 to 4):
4 – Flexibility
3 – Commitment to survive
3 – Staying cool
3 – Playful curiosity
3 – Sense of humor
4 – A mixture of opposites
4 – Intuition
4 – “Get over it.”
2 – “Bad patients.”
4 – Not rule followers
34 out of a possible 40. So I’d rate myself as fairly difficult to exterminate, but they could get me on plan-trusting if my guard isn’t up.