Survival Psychology

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Survival Psychology focuses on the traits responsible for surviving in high-stress environments including responding directly to high-threat encounters. Students will understand the psychology behind the warrior mindset, combat stress response and pro-survival behaviors, including Òthe gift of fear.Ó Organizational and professional psychological traits present in law enforcement, paramilitary organizations and high stress organizations will also be explored balancing independence and leadership versus the need for teamwork in responding to stressful events. Healthy lifestyle factors are examined that lead to career effectiveness and avoiding burnout, such as managing vicarious trauma and promoting self-care.