Surviving the Unthinkable–How Do We Do It?

How do we handle the unthinkable when it happens?

Amanda Ripley deals with this in her book, The Unthinkable: WhoSurvives When Disaster Strikes – And Why. Her book’s exploration of how we cope mentally and physically in emergencies has received favorable reviews from the likes of “Publisher’s Weekly,” “The New York Times,” “O, The Oprah Magazine,” and Gavin de Becker, author of The Gift of Fear.

Ripley examines instinct and disaster response and the psychology of fear, which can either save or destroy us. We need to understand what goes on inside our heads in immediate survival situations. Ripley has interviewed survivors of hostage situations, plane crashes, and the events of 9/11.

There are three stages of reaction to calamity—disbelief, deliberation, and action. Ripley’s look at the psychology of disaster response and survivors’ accounts makes for gripping reading, according to one reviewer. Her assertions and calls to action may stir some debate as well. Official policies based on inaccurate assumptions can put people in danger. For example, requirements for office building evacuation drills are inadequate. What does this mean in the event of fire or terrorist attack?

You can find out more by getting The Unthinkable: WhoSurvives When Disaster Strikes – And Why. Simply click on its title wherever you see it linked in this post. You can read reviews and order from the page that opens up.

Anything that will help you and me sharpen our mental edge in survival situations could mean the difference between life and death.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.