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Christmas 2010 at Swedish Medical Center
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burgunder From: burgunder Date: December 26th, 2009 07:19 am (UTC) (Link)
It's so weird what all can become "normal" through context. I wonder if anyone has sat down and enumerated our core survival skills, and if this ability to adapt our notion of what's normal / expected is a part of it ...
autonomic_pilot From: autonomic_pilot Date: December 26th, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm positive that it is, and I'm sure our core survival skills would surprise those of us who haven't had to call on them.
burgunder From: burgunder Date: December 30th, 2009 03:19 am (UTC) (Link)
I've been thinking about this for a few days.

I'm not sure I've ever been in a true survival situation.

I had my life threatened by violence a few times, but escaped each through avoidance / intervention / running like hell.

I had my life threatened by drowning a few times when I was under the age of 8.

I almost died when I was 15 of massive dehydration, but I think the only arguable survival skill that got me through that was being in the right circumstance and disposition to have external people who cared about my well-being. And is circumstance really a survival skill ... only if we manifest that circumstance, I guess. Although maybe the tendency for families to strive for such circumstances is a species survival instinct.

I've never been starving, or running for my life for more than a few minutes in an isolated situation ...

The core survival skills no doubt inform a lot of our decisions in lesser situations so I'm not sure it's a misnomer, but it's definitely been an interesting train of thought in my head since I read this comment.

As with so many English words, survive is a bit overloaded. My mom survived incest as a child, but her life was never actually threatened in that situation.

I keep having new thoughts on the subject, but it hasn't really unified into a decent talking point. Nonetheless, here, have some disjointed blather.
gkr From: gkr Date: December 30th, 2009 05:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Survival skills aren't only determined by imminent life-threatening situations.

Look at how many people give up in the face of relatively mild obstacles. While there are plenty of people who could do what I did with mom for 18 months, there's a significant number who just give up when faced with difficulty. It can viewed as a moral failing, but it could also be just as much a lack of training (mental and physical), knowledge, skills, etc.
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