The Psychology of Survival

Welcome to this, the first Survival Training South Africa blog (and email Newsletter for those who registered).

This will be the first of many such blogs that we at STSA will be posting and I will welcome any feedback that we receive from these articles.  Any topics that you feel merit discussion, or you want to learn more about, then please let us know.  This week I will be focusing on a subject that, whilst close to my heart, is not something that is generally heard discussed on ‘survival TV’; the Psychology of Survival. 

So what do I mean by Survival Psychology?

I’ll start with a good working example of how SP perhaps saved a life.  Back in June 1995, USAF pilot Scott O’Grady was patrolling the UN imposed ‘no fly zone’ over Bosnia in a F16 fighter jet.  Scott, by his own admission was one of those pilots who treated air force survival training with more than a little disdain. (I used to see them all the time at the Royal Air Force School of Survival, all good guys, great pilots but not too excited about getting cold, wet and hungry on a survival course).

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