A Psychologist Talks About the Prepper Mindset

Survival for you and me will depend a great deal on the mindset or attitude we bring to whatever situation we find ourselves in. You’ve probably heard that before. But is there an ideal prepping mindset?

Ever heard of a psychologist who’s into prepping who could talk about such a thing? What a find that would be.

As it happens, Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy of DoomAndBloom.net interviewed Steven Futrell, a clinical psychologist, on their show. With so much that could be stressful or fearful about prepping, I knew right away I wanted to interview him for DestinySurvival Radio. So I had my own conversation with him.

He has an impressive set of credentials. I won’t spell them all out here, but Dr. Futrell has a Psy.D. from Forest Institute of Clinical Psychology in Springfield, Missouri. He’s licensed in Louisiana, Texas, and New York, and has worked professionally in neuropsychology, correctional psychology, developmental psychology, and clinical psychology. He’s a member of several organizations related to his profession, as well as belonging to the NRA and Mensa.

Dr. Futrell became interested in prepping within the past couple of years (at the time of this writing). Key motivators for him were concern over what’s in the news and a desire to become more self reliant.

He believes a prepper mindset should include awareness and adaptability. He says preppers don’t have the normalcy bias like those who aren’t prepping.

Normalcy bias means having the belief that something bad can’t happened because it never happened before. This keeps many from seeing the need to be prepared.

Attitude is so important that you may be able to survive better than you think, regardless of skill level. Of course, having useful skills is to your advantage.

Our conversation touched on topics such as…

  • Why few young people are prepping
  • Avoiding crisis fatigue
  • Coping with significant losses
  • The importance of having meaning in life
  • The value of connectedness to others
  • Mistakes people make in a crisis
  • How to deal with children
  • The role of one’s religious faith
  • Having a realistic outlook

Dr. Futrell’s answers to my questions were often short and to the point. That allowed us to cover a lot of ground in the time allotted for the show. But my regret is we spoke in general terms on some subjects which likely need fleshing out.

Hear my interview with Dr. Steven Futrell on DestinySurvival Radio for July 19, 2012. Dr. Futrell doesn’t have a Web site for you to view. But if you’d like to contact him, e-mail sfutrell(at)myway.com. Substitute (at) with @ in the address.

How do you plan to maintain sanity during or after a crisis? For that matter, how do you do it now with all the stressers going on today?

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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.

3 thoughts on “A Psychologist Talks About the Prepper Mindset”

  1. This is very interesting. My fiance has a degree in psychology and I bet she would be very interested in this post. I never even thought about the normalcy bias. If we really look back in history we will see many times that being a prepper would have been worthwhile to many people even though there was not a total apocalypse. Cool Article and very interesting.

    1. Thanks. As Dr. Futrell pointed out, we haven’t lived through times of struggle as previous generations. Basically we’ve gotten soft and have forgotten things weren’t always this way. There’s no guarantee things will stay the way they are either.

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