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Rather than madness, or an animalistic stampede for the exits, it is often people’s disinclination to panic that puts them at higher risk…
The prevailing psychological explanation for these kinds of behaviours – passivity, mental paralysis or simply carrying on as normal in the face of a crisis – is that they are caused by a failure to adapt to a sudden change in the environment.
Survival involves goal-directed behaviour: you feel hungry, you look for food; you feel isolated, you seek companionship. Normally, this is straightforward (we know how to find food or companions).
But in a new, unfamiliar environment, particularly a stressful one such as a sinking ship or a burning aircraft, establishing survival goals – where the exit is and how to get to it – requires a lot more conscious effort…
But it’s a good idea to imagine that you will: to be aware that there are threats out there, and that you can prepare for them, without sliding into paranoia.
“All you have to do is ask yourself one simple question,” says Leach. “If something happens, what is my first response? Once you can answer that, everything else will fall into place. It’s that simple.”
Don’t Tell Him Pike is the single funniest clip from the funniest BBC comedy of all time.
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All of Dad’s Army is on YouTube including Deadly Attachment from which the above clip is from.
On 14 May 1940 the Secretary of State for War, Anthony Eden, gave a radio broadcast announcing the formation of the Local Defence Volunteers (later renamed the Home Guard).
Eden called on men between the ages of 17 and 65 who were not in military service but who wished to defend their country against an invasion to enrol at their local police station.
250,000 volunteers attempting to sign up in the first seven days; by July this number increased to 1.5 million wanting to defend their freedom.
Underneath all the satire of Dad’s Army, that courage and patriotic commitment is plain.