Mental Responses During Emergencies

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Mental Responses During Emergencies
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Eastern Kentucky University

Since elementary school, children are taught how to respond to emergencies like earthquakes and fires. The primary goal of these drills is to help create an easy to remember yet life-saving physical responses in case of a dire situation. Unfortunately, what these drills did not prepare children for what was the correct or safe mental response. Since emergencies can occur in many different situations and environments, how we mentally react in these situations has tremendous impact on our physical response.

This resource looks at the Fight-or-Flight response, military and law enforcement, teamwork response and psychological traps in which many emergency situation are likely to occur.