Miraculous survivors: Why they live while others die ..... 'The Rambo types are the first to go'

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    Sep 09, 2008 5:16 AM GMT
    Miraculous survivors: Why they live while others die

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    Ordinary people display extraordinary will surviving disasters

    Author reveals those who survive against all odds share similar traits

    Survivor: "I closed my eyes and prayed and waited to die"


    "Those who seemed best suited for survival -- the strongest or most skilled -- were often the first to die off in life-or-death struggles, he says. Experience and physical strength can lead to carelessness. The Rambo types, a Navy SEAL tells Gonzales, are often the first to go.

    Small children and inexperienced climbers, for example, often survive emergencies in the wilderness far better than their stronger or adult counterparts, he says.

    They survive because they're humble, Gonzales says. They know when to rest, when they shouldn't try something beyond their capabilities, when it's wise to be afraid."

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    "Most of these survivors share the same traits, Gonzales says.

    "These are people who tend to have a view of the world that does not paint them as a victim," he says. "They're not whiners who are always complaining about the bad things that are happening to them and expecting to get rescued."

    Gonzales says at least 75 percent of people caught in a catastrophe either freeze or simply wander in a daze.

    "The first thing people do when something bad happens is to be in denial," Gonzales says. "People who make good survivors tend to get through that phase quickly. They accept the evidence of their senses." "


    http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/09/08/survive/index.html
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    Sep 09, 2008 5:25 AM GMT
    Have you ever seen The Edge. "Most people in this situation die of shame not the cold", says the Anthony Hopkins character (or something like that).
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    Sep 09, 2008 6:32 AM GMT
    Now everyone who reads this book is going to be less equipped to survive in a catastrophe? They just doomed themselves. There should be a disclaimer: Do not read this book if you expect to survive; best to be humble and unprepared.

    I hate adorable anecdotes masquerading as advice.
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    Sep 09, 2008 4:42 PM GMT
    It's hardly humble and unprepared - it's more about knowing your limits. I've probably done 1000 or more miles of wilderness hiking in the past decade and I for sure know what I can and can't do. Although some may disagree when they see me hanging out on a rock ledge near a precipice so I can a pic - lol.

    I've been in some hairy situations and you just have to think quickly but rationally and remain confident when possible. If you aren't confident - then don't do it. And I'm all about not expending energy to no end. Pointless.
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    Sep 09, 2008 4:47 PM GMT


    I hate adorable anecdotes masquerading as advice.[/quote]

    Yeah Right? Those things are best left for those who apreciate 15 second sounds bites, CNN (chicken noodle news), and catchy phrases in order to form opnions about complex subjects.

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    Sep 09, 2008 4:54 PM GMT
    dumdedum saidIt's hardly humble and unprepared - it's more about knowing your limits.

    Hey, Babe! Miss you!
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    Sep 09, 2008 5:10 PM GMT
    "I BELIEVE IN ANGEL'S"