0

PrepperPsych 101: Prepping Is Fun!

Remember the Dr. Pepper advertisement jingle? It works especially well for preppers. “I’m a prepper, you’re a prepper, he’s a prepper, she’s a prepper. Wouldn’t you like to be a prepper too!” Who would enjoy prepping? Here’s a small list:… Continue Reading

0

PrepperPsych 101: Preppers Are A Bit Strange, But How Big of a Nut is Too Much?

It’s no secret to any prepper that the bulk of society does not share our commitment to self-sufficiency in times of crisis – making us to some degree ‘nutty’. Some of that seems unavoidable if we are to open up… Continue Reading

0

PrepperPsych 101: Are We Prepping For The Wrong Risks?

Humans are naturally terrible at risk assessment.   The situations in which our native intuitions developed are not the situations in which we now live; so our intuition no longer serves us very well.  We have two very strong and… Continue Reading

14

PrepperPsych 101: The Law of Universal Precautions

We wouldn’t be preppers if we didn’t believe that we might meet a Black Swan. Black swans are so uncommon that statisticians use the term to refer to very rare events.  We prep for black swans …  EMPs, pandemics, etc.… Continue Reading

5

PrepperPsych 101: Overcoming the One Big Flaw in Having a Strong Leader

Being a Lone Wolf prepper is an extra risky business.  Practically, you can only really attend to one thing at a time, and no things for about a third of each day.  Sleep must happen. You also have trouble with… Continue Reading

3

PrepperPsych 101: Five Lessons from Experience -Time and Decision in a Crisis

It was a dark and stormy night.  Some loser drunk had collided with a power pole and left its debris in the road.  Salty and I hit  at highway speed a cable that was stretched across the road.  The front… Continue Reading

0

PrepperPsych 101: Fight, Flight, Freeze – People in a Panic

In some ways humans are unique among living things; but when we get scared enough those special things bolt off into a hole somewhere and we’re left with responses common to many animals.  This is what physiologists call the sympathetic… Continue Reading

0

PrepperPsych 101: See Yourself Being Prepared

You’re laughing with a friend and having a great dinner when she gets a startled/alarmed look and reaches for her throat.  She makes a few vigorous spasms with her torso, starts to turn odd colors, and slumps over without having… Continue Reading

0

PrepperPsych 101: The Big Three for Avoiding Prepper Burnout

“I should, but I don’t wanna mess with it today.”  We’ve all been there.  We decided doing a thing is worthwhile when we committed to it, and that hasn’t changed.  But we’re tired of messing with it and would rather… Continue Reading

0

PrepperPsych 101: Daring to be Wrong

“I am a scientist.  In my field, it’s considered to be a good thing to change one’s ideas based on evidence.”  This quote has been attributed to Albert Einstein.  In his youth, Einstein was an extremely committed and vocal pacifist.… Continue Reading

2

PrepperPsych 101: ‘On Top’ Doesn’t Mean ‘Most Important’

 Today the shelves are bare of bump stocks, because last week some evil S.O.B. did great evil, and one thing he used to do it was a bump stock. Bump stocks all over the news, people freaking out that they… Continue Reading

5

PrepperPsych 101: Somebody’s Watching

Sometimes Salty is smarter than I am.  (Most of the time?? Always??)  He was definitely smarter than I was about the security cameras.  When he put out a couple dummy cameras (red light run by a battery, no real recording,… Continue Reading

0

PrepperPsych: PTSD – What Is It Really? How Do Preppers Deal With It?

People toss around the name and diagnosis of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) a lot; but what is it really? I’m not a psychiatrist … but a good friend of mine is, and she has quite a lot of professional experience… Continue Reading

0

PrepperPsych: Dealing With Depression – Three Prepper Options

I was walking The Place with my local conservation agent, as he pointed out various plant species and their characteristics.  We walked by this one: … and he commented “St. John’s Wort”.  I stopped.  It was growing wild literally within… Continue Reading