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Author Topic: Spaulding on what really happens in a gunfight  (Read 3272 times)


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Spaulding on what really happens in a gunfight
« on: October 28, 2013, 01:05:48 PM »

"The various phases of body alarm reaction that have been discussed over the years such as tunnel vision, slow motion movement, loss of digital dexterity and the like, were all recalled by the subjects interviewed. None of the people I spoke with (200 of them) remember suffering all phases, but everyone remembers suffering at least one of the sensations listed under the category of body alarm reaction." -

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Re: Spaulding on what really happens in a gunfight
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2013, 05:15:29 AM »

This is an excellent article, with the statement Spaulding makes: "FEAR AND PANIC ARE REDUCED BY PREPARATION AND AN AWARENESS OF POTENTIAL DANGER," being paramount, though a tad vague.

Here again, it all boils down to the human brain, its three-tiered evolutionary development, and how each individual learns to select correct situationally correct behaviors to manage an emergency circumstance or defaults to what is instinctual for survival, which is not always a good thing.

The bottom line: How do we maximize conscious control over mind, brain and body under dire duress so as NOT to become victim of sensory distortion defaults of our instinctual survival strategies? Engage in CORRECT, repetitive rehearsals that actually mimic the emergency situation in all sensory areas and tactical challenges that will be presented, plus possess the right stuff--genetically.

To not become victim to such instinctual defaults that helped our hunter-gatherer brethren 12,000 years ago: tunnel vision, auditory exclusion, visual exclusion in low light, freezing to a startle reflex, etc., and to keep upper-level, prefrontal lobe decision-making engaged to correctly assess and elicit situational correct actions that properly handle the emergency, preparation must be specific to the operational context and rehearsed, LIVE, constantly and consistently.

True mastery (state beyond what is learned), meaning that the strongest neural connection that can be created between mind, brain and body have been established in our procedural memory, whereby, we can now recall, instantaneously, situationally correct actions, needed to address the challenges presented in the context in which we are operating, without sensory defaults hijacking our responses, actually takes 8,000 to 10,000 specific practice/rehearsal hours (Olympic Gymnasts, Julliard Music Maestros, Army DELTA all exemplify this requirement). SEE: page 79 in THE ROAD TO EXCELLENCE: The Acquisition of Expert Performance in the Arts and Sciences, Sports and Games, edited by K. Anders Ericsson. Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc., Publishers (1996)

Sensory distortion and instinctive defaults (freezing, fleeing, wildly resisting, posturing inappropriately) occur primarily due to serious lack of familiarity to the context of the emergency being experienced. We are essentially shocked and have no where to go or nothing to fall back on but our innate hardwiring.

When a police officer or soldier has merely gone through basic training and qualifies with their weapon, yet has no more specific preparation than this, the first time this souls gets into a serious emergency situation, and especially if they are not born with the right stuff to begin with, the chances that they will respond poorly and even inappropriately to the emergency is extremely high. So is their experiencing of potentially multiple sensory distortions (tunnel vision, auditory exclusion, etc.).

It all boils down to the individual and how well they are put together and how well they have been specifically prepared for the eventuality in which they will find themselves.
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