Listen to your instincts

 

Fear is paralyzing.  Fear causes a kind of emotional and intellectual paralysis that can keep you from making decisions and seeing your situation objectively.  Furthermore, fear for yourself is nothing compared with the fear you will feel for your family.  Fear is the most important tool of the tyrant or the dictator.  You must be prepared to deal with these feelings when under attack by forces that may seem overpowering and traumatic.

We will deal more with this traumatic fear later in this manual, but related to this fear are what we call instincts.  Instincts are often described as "a kind of feeling" that a person gets in situations of high anxiety.  "The hair stood up on the back of my neck" is often used to describe the situation when a person's instincts are sending messages to the brain.

Thoughts like, "Do not get into this car,”  ”Do not walk down this street,”  ”Don't go to this meeting with these people,”  ”This cartoon is going way over the red line,” and, “Go home with three or four friends around me today,” are all messages that the subconscious part of your brain is trying to send to your conscious brain.   

Under normal conditions we dismiss these instincts or hair-raising messages because we think they may be illogical or overblown.  But the person who is successfully kidnapped or cornered in a dark alley and beaten, probably dismissed his instinctive feelings.  

Never ignore your instinctive reactions or your inner voice in times of crisis.  It's better for you to be wrong about it and nothing happens than for you to ignore your inner voice or your instincts and walk into a tragedy.

Summary:

  • Listen to your instincts.
  • Don't let fear paralyze your decision-making.

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