He Who Hesitates is Lost: The Psychology of Survival

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
By Paul Martin

by: Daisy Luther
TheOrganicPrepper.ca
April 8, 2014

In a worst-case scenario, hesitation kills.

No one wants to accept that something horrible has happened. The human brain is configured in a way that it is in our very nature to deny that something outside our normal paradigm has occurred. This is called cognitive dissonance.

“Cognitive dissonance is the feeling of discomfort when simultaneously holding two or more conflicting cognitions: ideas, beliefs, values or emotional reactions…Dissonance is aroused when people are confronted with information that is inconsistent with their beliefs. If the dissonance is not reduced by changing one’s belief, the dissonance can result in restoring consonance through misperception, rejection or refutation of the information, seeking support from others who share the beliefs, and attempting to persuade others.” (source)

But in a crisis situation, denial can be deadly.

These are the phases of psychological reactions in a crisis:

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