A few weeks ago Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy of DoomAndBloom.net interviewed a clinical psychologist on their show on the Preparedness Radio Network. What a find! A psychologist who’s into prepping.
With so much that could be stressful or fearful about prepping, I knew right away I wanted to interview him for DestinySurvival Radio. So yesterday afternoon Dr. Steven Futrell was my guest.
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. 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
I’m hoping for the opportunity to have him back on the show. We may talk about more specific scenarios and deal with fewer generalizations.
Hear my whole 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, he told me after the show that you can e-mail him at 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? What would you like to hear a psychologist address? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.
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