Summary of a summary of Survivor Personality by Al Siebert

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.

Typical Survivor Personality Traits

Most of these are self-explanatory:

Commitment to survive
Staying cool
Playful curiosity
Sense of humor
A mixture of opposites
“Get over it.”
“Bad patients.”
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.

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7 Responses to Summary of a summary of Survivor Personality by Al Siebert

  1. Obadiah says:

    4 – Flexibility

    3 – Commitment to survive

    3 – Staying cool

    3 – Playful curiosity

    4 – Sense of humor

    10 – A mixture of opposites (one of the defining characteristics of my personality–)

    3 – Intuition (would have rated myself higher at an earlier life stage where i was completely dominated by Ne)

    3 – “Get over it.”

    3 – “Bad patients.” (i would have been a two earlier in life–when i almost died of bacterial pneumonia in 7th grade i was a very good patient. however i’d always score a one on “good education system student”. i bet a lot of ‘coronavirus deaths’ are somehow related to bacterial pneumonia)

    4 – Not rule followers

    (self-reported test results are generally thought to be unreliable but at our intellectual level we probably become more accurate)

    • Obadiah says:

      >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.

      Intuition is basically perception via the collective unconscious (what you have called the ‘collective superconsciousness’). It is indeed supernatural (‘beyond limits of time and space’).

      Introverted intuition is ‘visual’, preverbal, and endogenous. Extraverted intuition is ‘immaterial’, non-visual, and exogenous (you have written a grand total of like 1 post on Ne vs literal billions on Ni)

      • Obadiah says:

        For instance I doubt the creator of NGE knew who Klaus Shwab was when he set out to make his animu. But Klaus still appears in the series as “Keel Lorenz”.

        So Gendo would be an upper-level, esoterically-initiated technocrat while Keel would be the actual alchemist.

        Gendo = Bill Gates
        Keel = Klaus

  2. Obadiah says:

    Also I regret to inform you that I have died of Global Warming.

    “Why didn’t I give Al Gore more of my money? How could I be such a fool?”, I thought dimly, collapsed in a puddle of my own sweat.

    The last thing I saw before succumbing to fatal heat stroke was a very sad-looking polar bear floating by on a chunk of rapidly-melting ice.

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