by Ken Jorgustin, Modern Survival Blog:
The concept of situational awareness is rudimentary and elemental to survival, and it’s definition can be condensed to a simple thing: “to pay attention to what is happening around you”. The problem is, it’s not as simple as that for most people. Here’s how to train yourself to make it simple – know the baseline.
Most people are under the influence of normalcy bias. Nothing (bad) has ever happened when I’m doing ‘this’ so nothing (bad) is likely to happen. The ‘this’ could be anything – crossing the street, walking from your car to the store, taking a walk at your favorite park, shopping at the grocery store, driving to your friends house, hiking a familiar trail, etc..
Even if the warning signs are there – our normalcy bias will override our subconscious alerts.
So, we need to be ‘conscious’ of that!
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