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PSYCHE: The Top 10 Personality Traits of a Prepper

Source: ready4itall.org

  • By: James Kearney
  • Posted on: January 2014

Today’s post comes from James Kearney from Doomsdaynews.com. We’ll be discussing the top 10 personality traits that you’ll need to survive a global disaster. 

Contrary to what you may believe, there are certain personality traits and characteristics that are common among survivors of real-world disaster scenarios. Unfortunately, not everyone possesses these traits. While some can be developed over time, many are inherent, instinctual, and engrained over the course of an individual’s life. That means people lacking these essential survival characteristics are likely to struggle or die, but that’s the nature of the beast.

Many people will let fear take over and get caught up in the denial stage of facing a life or death scenario. Those able to process their situation and formulate a working survival plan aren’t in the clear either. They must possess the ability to use their strengths and overcome their weaknesses to make the most of their situation. Certain innate personality traits allow this to happen. Below we will look at 10 traits that make for a successful doomsday prepper. Hopefully you already identify with most of them. If not, you’d better hope your training and preps will make up for your drawbacks and keep you alive when disaster strikes.

Note: The following list is in no specific order, nor is it entirely comprehensive. Possessing some or all of the traits and characteristics listed will give you a much better chance of surviving any life-threatening scenario.

1. Persistence – Surviving is all about maintaining the will to life. No one actually wants disaster strike, but successful preppers are prepared to face hardships and ready to defend what’s theirs (family included) if the need arises. They hope for the best but prepare for the worst. To that end, a true prepper doesn’t just want to survive, they want to live and enjoy life to the fullest. Even if a large-scale disaster reverted mankind to the dark ages, a true prepper will still want to make the most of surviving and be as productive as possible for the sake of humanity. Adversity makes persisting through an already difficult situation even harder, but those who cherish their life (and those of their family) are more likely to prosper in the end.

2. Adaptability – The ability to adapt to your situation and circumstances is one of the most crucial aspects of survival. If you’re the type of person that can adapt to the various situations that arise in daily life you’re more likely to also do so in a survival scenario, though it’s not a guarantee. Your ability to adapt is very much dependent on your ability to identify with the other traits listed, as well as your ability to use your various learned survival skills and tools. Ultimately, your brain and the knowledge you possess is your strongest survival tool, but they only come in handy if you can make the most of them when SHTF. By having confidence in your abilities and accepting the circumstances of your situation, your ability to adapt will help you survive.

3. Lifetime Learner – A true prepper is a lifetime learner with a constant thirst for knowledge (your most important survival tool). A prepper with downtime is failing to maximize his/her preps. Successful preppers are those who are always looking to hone their skills, add to their supplies, and learn something new that will help them survive when all hell breaks loose. Believe it or not, being “book smart” and well-educated is an advantage to preppers. Brawn won’t prevail over brains in a life-threatening situation. Your ability to see adverse situations clearly and find solutions to complex problems will give you an edge over those who fail to stop and think.

4. Hands On – Successful preppers aren’t about talk, they’re about action. They are do-it-yourselfers, builders, craftsmen, and outdoorsmen. The more you put your skills to practice and hone your skills; the better off you’ll be when you’re called to use them for a true emergency. It may seem excessive, but you should invest blood, sweat, and tears into your preps. Your hands should be callused, your muscles should ache, and your knees and elbows should be scraped on account of you investing time and energy into improving your overall state of preparedness.

5. Fitness – Fitness is an integral part of prepping that’s overlooked all too often. Unlike most of the traits on this list, fitness is something that nearly anyone can work on and develop over time. While not everyone is born with high metabolism or natural strength, you can always improve your personal physical fitness. If you’re hands on prepper that’s constantly putting his/her skills to practice, you’re already testing and improving your strength on a daily basis. However, as is the case in most aspects of prepping, you can never stop improving when it comes to fitness. Whether it’s going on daily walks or runs, weight training, swimming, or doing daily chores like chopping wood, regular exercise will help you improve your muscular strength and your respiratory and cardiac health.

6. Emotional/Psychological Strength – Physical strength and being in shape is an important part of surviving a crisis, but so is your emotional and psychological fortitude. Successful preppers have the ability to stay calm and collected no matter how dire the circumstances. Emotional fortitude is about the ability to control your fears and prevent yourself from panicking, as the inability to do so is a recipe for disaster. As is the case with other traits on this list, emotional/psychological strength is something that can be hardened over time. The more time you invest in skills training will give you a better chance of effectively dealing with the psychological aspect of survival.

7. Minimalistic – Going along with adaptability, a successful prepper is, at his/her core, a minimalist. That means instead of subscribing to the prepping mantra of stockpiling as many guns, ammo, and supplies as your circumstances allow, you prefer to stick with what you can carry on your back and what nature provides for you. After all, knowledge is your greatest asset and a true prepper can adapt to his surroundings and use his ingenuity to make great strides with very few resources.

8. Empathetic – In times of crisis, your ability to identify with others and help those in need can actually go a long way to helping yourself survive. Many preppers are introverts and selfish in nature, compassionate preppers on the other hand put the needs of others first. They also recognize the strengths in people regardless of the hardship they’re enduring and harness them to the advantage of the group. Intuition also plays a role here, as a good prepper has the ability to read new situations and people, always maintaining an awareness of his/her surroundings. This also means putting yourself in the shoes of your potential rescuers and doing what you must to direct them to your aid.

9. Ingenuity – Inventive and resourceful individuals make good preppers. The show may have ended two decades ago, but there’s a reason the name MacGyver lives on in infamy. If you’re the type of person that can make useful tools and find solutions to problems with whatever’s on hand, you’ll be more likely to make the most of your surroundings to your advantage in a survival situation. Good preppers are improvising handymen with the ability to fix just about anything. Accordingly, good preppers are those who recycle just about everything, as you never know when a piece of “junk” now could serve a purpose down the road.

10. Thrifty/Barterer – A successful prepper knows how to drive a hard bargain and search for the best deals. That’s because most preppers live within the confines of a realistic budget and only have but so much money and time to invest into their preparedness measures. Prepping can be a tremendous undertaking, both in terms of finances and time invested. You’ve got to take into consideration guns and ammo, food and water, first-aid supplies, and the vast array of other gear and equipment that make surviving a disaster a little bit easier. See our article on ‘prepping on a budget’ for more tips on how to prep smart on the cheap.

Though not exhaustive, the following list of traits and characteristics are often possessed by the survivors of real-world disaster and life-threatening scenarios. Ideally you will already identify with the majority of them and find room to improve your points of weakness. At the end of the day, if or when SHTF, these traits could be what you rely upon to survive. 

James Kearney writes for Doomsday News. An online magazine that focuses on preparedness, survival, self-reliance and topical mainstream news.

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Today’s post comes from James Kearney from Doomsdaynews.com. We’ll be discussing the top 10 personality traits that you’ll need to survive a global disaster.

 

Contrary to what you may believe, there are certain personality traits and characteristics that are common among survivors of real-world disaster scenarios. Unfortunately, not everyone possesses these traits. While some can be developed over time, many are inherent, instinctual, and engrained over the course of an individual’s life. That means people lacking these essential survival characteristics are likely to struggle or die, but that’s the nature of the beast.

Many people will let fear take over and get caught up in the denial stage of facing a life or death scenario. Those able to process their situation and formulate a working survival plan aren’t in the clear either. They must possess the ability to use their strengths and overcome their weaknesses to make the most of their situation. Certain innate personality traits allow this to happen. Below we will look at 10 traits that make for a successful doomsday prepper. Hopefully you already identify with most of them. If not, you’d better hope your training and preps will make up for your drawbacks and keep you alive when disaster strikes.

Note: The following list is in no specific order, nor is it entirely comprehensive. Possessing some or all of the traits and characteristics listed will give you a much better chance of surviving any life-threatening scenario.

1. Persistence – Surviving is all about maintaining the will to life. No one actually wants disaster strike, but successful preppers are prepared to face hardships and ready to defend what’s theirs (family included) if the need arises. They hope for the best but prepare for the worst. To that end, a true prepper doesn’t just want to survive, they want to live and enjoy life to the fullest. Even if a large-scale disaster reverted mankind to the dark ages, a true prepper will still want to make the most of surviving and be as productive as possible for the sake of humanity. Adversity makes persisting through an already difficult situation even harder, but those who cherish their life (and those of their family) are more likely to prosper in the end.

2. Adaptability – The ability to adapt to your situation and circumstances is one of the most crucial aspects of survival. If you’re the type of person that can adapt to the various situations that arise in daily life you’re more likely to also do so in a survival scenario, though it’s not a guarantee. Your ability to adapt is very much dependent on your ability to identify with the other traits listed, as well as your ability to use your various learned survival skills and tools. Ultimately, your brain and the knowledge you possess is your strongest survival tool, but they only come in handy if you can make the most of them when SHTF. By having confidence in your abilities and accepting the circumstances of your situation, your ability to adapt will help you survive.

3. Lifetime Learner – A true prepper is a lifetime learner with a constant thirst for knowledge (your most important survival tool). A prepper with downtime is failing to maximize his/her preps. Successful preppers are those who are always looking to hone their skills, add to their supplies, and learn something new that will help them survive when all hell breaks loose. Believe it or not, being “book smart” and well-educated is an advantage to preppers. Brawn won’t prevail over brains in a life-threatening situation. Your ability to see adverse situations clearly and find solutions to complex problems will give you an edge over those who fail to stop and think.

4. Hands On – Successful preppers aren’t about talk, they’re about action. They are do-it-yourselfers, builders, craftsmen, and outdoorsmen. The more you put your skills to practice and hone your skills; the better off you’ll be when you’re called to use them for a true emergency. It may seem excessive, but you should invest blood, sweat, and tears into your preps. Your hands should be callused, your muscles should ache, and your knees and elbows should be scraped on account of you investing time and energy into improving your overall state of preparedness.

5. Fitness – Fitness is an integral part of prepping that’s overlooked all too often. Unlike most of the traits on this list, fitness is something that nearly anyone can work on and develop over time. While not everyone is born with high metabolism or natural strength, you can always improve your personal physical fitness. If you’re hands on prepper that’s constantly putting his/her skills to practice, you’re already testing and improving your strength on a daily basis. However, as is the case in most aspects of prepping, you can never stop improving when it comes to fitness. Whether it’s going on daily walks or runs, weight training, swimming, or doing daily chores like chopping wood, regular exercise will help you improve your muscular strength and your respiratory and cardiac health.

6. Emotional/Psychological Strength – Physical strength and being in shape is an important part of surviving a crisis, but so is your emotional and psychological fortitude. Successful preppers have the ability to stay calm and collected no matter how dire the circumstances. Emotional fortitude is about the ability to control your fears and prevent yourself from panicking, as the inability to do so is a recipe for disaster. As is the case with other traits on this list, emotional/psychological strength is something that can be hardened over time. The more time you invest in skills training will give you a better chance of effectively dealing with the psychological aspect of survival.

7. Minimalistic – Going along with adaptability, a successful prepper is, at his/her core, a minimalist. That means instead of subscribing to the prepping mantra of stockpiling as many guns, ammo, and supplies as your circumstances allow, you prefer to stick with what you can carry on your back and what nature provides for you. After all, knowledge is your greatest asset and a true prepper can adapt to his surroundings and use his ingenuity to make great strides with very few resources.

8. Empathetic – In times of crisis, your ability to identify with others and help those in need can actually go a long way to helping yourself survive. Many preppers are introverts and selfish in nature, compassionate preppers on the other hand put the needs of others first. They also recognize the strengths in people regardless of the hardship they’re enduring and harness them to the advantage of the group. Intuition also plays a role here, as a good prepper has the ability to read new situations and people, always maintaining an awareness of his/her surroundings. This also means putting yourself in the shoes of your potential rescuers and doing what you must to direct them to your aid.

9. Ingenuity – Inventive and resourceful individuals make good preppers. The show may have ended two decades ago, but there’s a reason the name MacGyver lives on in infamy. If you’re the type of person that can make useful tools and find solutions to problems with whatever’s on hand, you’ll be more likely to make the most of your surroundings to your advantage in a survival situation. Good preppers are improvising handymen with the ability to fix just about anything. Accordingly, good preppers are those who recycle just about everything, as you never know when a piece of “junk” now could serve a purpose down the road.

10. Thrifty/Barterer – A successful prepper knows how to drive a hard bargain and search for the best deals. That’s because most preppers live within the confines of a realistic budget and only have but so much money and time to invest into their preparedness measures. Prepping can be a tremendous undertaking, both in terms of finances and time invested. You’ve got to take into consideration guns and ammo, food and water, first-aid supplies, and the vast array of other gear and equipment that make surviving a disaster a little bit easier. See our article on ‘prepping on a budget’ for more tips on how to prep smart on the cheap.

Though not exhaustive, the following list of traits and characteristics are often possessed by the survivors of real-world disaster and life-threatening scenarios. Ideally you will already identify with the majority of them and find room to improve your points of weakness. At the end of the day, if or when SHTF, these traits could be what you rely upon to survive.

 

James Kearney writes for Doomsday News. An online magazine that focuses on preparedness, survival, self-reliance and topical mainstream news.

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Rich is the founder of SurvivalRing, now in it's 20th year, author of multimedia CDs and DVDs, loves the outdoors, his family, his geeky skill-set, and lives in rural Missouri, just a few miles from the Big Muddy. Always ready to help others, he shares what he learns on multiple blogs, social sites, and more. With a background in preparedness and survival skills, training with county, state, and national organizations, and skills in all areas of media and on air experience in live radio and television, Rich is always thinking about the "big picture", when it comes to helping individuals and families prepare for life's little surprises. Since 1997, he has provided guidance, authentic government survival history, and commentary on why we all need to get ready for that fateful day in the future, when we have to get our hands dirty and step in to save the day. He is an award winning videographer (2005 Telly Award), has received state and national scholarly recognition (2006 New Century Scholar and All USA Academic Team), and is a natural with computers, technology, gadgets, small furry mammals, and anything on wheels. Rich likes making friends, solving problems, and creating solutions to everyday issues. He doesn't mind mixing things up, when there is a teaching moment ready to happen. As a constitutional conservative, he's staying quite busy these days. The SurvivalRing Radio Show at www.survivalringradio.com will be coming back SOON!

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