Prepper Pre-Traumatic Stress Syndrome

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Yes, you read the title correctly; and no, I’m not trying to be funny or downplay PTSD.

Based on many conversations with fellow preppers, I’ve coined the term Pre- Traumatic Stress Syndrome for what could be generally referred to as prepper anxiety.  Although preppers have not gone through a traumatic event to classify as “post-trauma”, many have fears (sometimes debilitating) of being unprepared for that SHTF moment.  Does any of the following sound like you?

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How to Bribe at Checkpoints – Prepper Negotiation Skills

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

If you’ve ever had conversations with military members or private contractors that have worked overseas, they will confirm that check point bribery is very common in certain places.  Even if you’ve visited foreign countries like Costa Rica or Nicaragua, some traffic officials can be bribed.   With check points coming up all around America, this is a very important skill to hone if you want to have the best shot at getting where you need to be, or even getting out of trouble in a collapse scenario.

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Losing the Will To Survive at the Hands of ISIS

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
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In the past year, I’ve watched at least 8 raw & uncensored videos of the Islamic State (ISIS) murdering innocent men, women & children.   Some were executions of an individual, but many were mass murders of 20+ people.  In every single video, I was perplexed at why none of the captives tried to fight or flee (flight).  Instead, every single individual resorted to the last human reaction when confronted with stress/danger – freeze.  The individuals let their oppressors beat, abuse and murder them without struggle as they shamefully gazed downward to the ground.

Observing these incidents from a third person view, you would think that anyone with a rationale mind would choose a fate other than being caught on fire, getting beheaded with a small dull knife or being shot to death.   What is wrong with these people to so easily lose their will to live and subject themselves to such gruesome fates?  The answer lies in a very dark place of which the majority of us will never be able to understand. Read More

The Third Man Syndrome and the Hallucinatory Effects of Survival

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Anyone who is truly awake to the pending economic collapse and  ensuing world war may read current event news with a lackadaisy attitude.  All the news coming out about potential derivative failures, strategic NATO and Russian deployments, Ukraine escalation or other do not surprise me anymore.  Simply put – I know where we are headed and the only offering that current news has is a potential timeline to when this machine breaks down.

As I express this so-called “boredom” with the news, I usually focus my writing efforts more on preparation – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.   Out of those four categories, I really enjoy writing and reading articles that pertain to mental strengthening for preparedness.  This article which was originally published by Joshua Kruas @ TheDailySheeple.com, is a very interesting read with regards to mental stability, hallucinations, and “the third man”.  Is the third man something of our physical imagination or something spiritual?  Will you find yourself in the presence of this ominous figure in a survival situation? Read More

Surviving Psychological Stress

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

My regular readers will know that a lot of my articles focus on the psychology of preparedness and enduring stressful situations.  For if you lose your will, you will not find your way…

Below is a collection of my thoughts and previous articles I’ve written which can help you ready your mind for that potential SHTF scenario: Read More

Documented Proof – An American Gestapo

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Through current event news reels and little known state government training documentation, I will show you how our military, feds, state and local police, and general public are being trained to usher in an American Gestapo.  If you are conservative, christian, stocking food, 2nd amendment supporter, prepper, etc, you are being lumped into a term called Sovereign Citizen.  These groups are being trained on how to identify you and report you to authorities.  THIS is how they control the general population of the United States – the citizens turn on themselves.

These are frightening events – please watch and find motivation in this video to get out of denial and start preparing for you and your family. Read More

Stereotype? Careless, Selfish Preppers…

Saturday, January 24, 2015
  • “When SHTF, don’t expect to come over to my house!”
  • “Preppers are lone wolf isolationists.”
  • “Preppers / Survivalists are extremists”

The first phrase is something that I’ve heard out of almost every prepper’s mouth.  The second two phrases are the inherent views of preppers from the greater public.  As if the stigma of being a crazy prepper conspiracy theorist wasn’t enough, the preparedness community is also faced with the careless & selfish stereotypes.  By the looks of how we are conveyed, one would assume that we’ve never donated a dime to charity or contributed an hour to helping others in need.  But is this really true? Read More

Bugging out? How to Fight Sleep Deprivation

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Face it… if a SHTF event happens, you may have to endure many sleepless nights.  This is especially true if you have not networked with other individuals who can help take shifts.  Have you considered the sleep deprivation factor into your prepping?  Even if you have thought about sleep deprivation and packed some caffeine tablets in your bug out bag, this article will give you a couple more tips to help keep you awake! Read More

Why Are Prepper Groups Prone to Falling Apart?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

It has been almost a year and a half since I started leading The Cincinnati Survival / Preparedness Group.  The group has about 300 members, of which around 200 rotate in and out of class meetings of approximately 50 people.  However, it was never always this active.  Before I stepped in to lead the group, it was dormant for months without any activity from the organizer.  Many had tried to contact him in order to get the group re-started, but his email account was dead.  It seemed to me at the time that the group was headed to the grave as well. Read More

Shock Therapy For The Utopian Society

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Meet the Pavlok a bracelet that gives you an electrical shock when you break a new years resolution or commit a bad habit.  The bracelet is named after Russian Scientist Ivan Pavlov who conducted a famous animal behavior test where dogs were fed whenever a bell rang.  The dogs became so conditioned to the sound of the bell that they would drool without food even being presented.

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Why do you want SHTF to happen?

Saturday, January 3, 2015

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Do you ever get a feeling that some preppers you talk to seemingly want a SHTF scenario to happen?  I’ve been around the block for awhile now and have gotten to meet a variety of people that consider themselves preppers.  Every now and again, I meet people that are a little too excited about the topic.

While I do not think anyone should be excited about a collapse, I do find that there may be justification in earnest anticipation of it. Read More

WATCH: The Prepper Grey Man Principle In Real Life

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Grey Man principle is a prepper term for being bland and not standing out in your surroundings.  Most notably, followers of the principle say that wearing tactical clothing and backpacks will be a dead give away to others in a SHTF scenario that “this guy has stuff we need”.  This will inevitably lead to you being tracked and looted or even killed.

Rather than display all your preps, it’s recommended that you conceal what you have.  Instead of a tactical backpack, wear a regular school type backpack.  Instead of camouflage or other tactical gear, wear jeans or other ordinary clothing. Read More

Are You an Effective & Organized Prepper?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Name the first three things that come to mind when you think of Prepping?

Was being an organized and effective person one of them?   Was leadership one of them?

Odds are you may have thought about firearms & tactics, self-reliance, homesteading, or bushcraft when I asked you the question.  While all these categories are incredibly important to survival/preparedness, you cannot be effective in any one of them unless you are yourself an effective and organized person.  Take the time to invest in yourself and let this video be your portal to starting. Read More

You Will OBEY

Friday, December 5, 2014

What words come to mind when you hear the word “Obey”?  What kind of connotations ring out in your mind?  Do you think of it as a negative word?  Common responses are that it is negative, represents subservience, is belittling.  Truth be told, it’s actually quite a neutral word.  However, our cultural influences have turned the paradigm. Read More

Prepper Psyops – Looks are Deceiving

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Understanding people, their behaviors, and psychology is an invaluable skill.  Truth be told, everyone uses these skills daily by subconsciously analyzing people’s demeanor and body language in normal conversation.  However, as with any skill, it can be honed to a point where you can consciously evaluate people and determine whether they are truthful or lying; manipulative or open; dangerous or safe; etc.  If it ever hits the fan, you will inevitably be dealing with people.  How do you know whether they are trustworthy? Read More