I wish that the book had more citations and more balanced arguments. During military and police training an individual should not be allowed to lose. A sizeable portion of the book is also dedicated to speaking out about violence in video games, television and movies. Integer elementum tempor libero sit amet iaculis. Archived from on 8 May 2014.
He gives conditions white, yellow, red, gray, and black, with white being unconcerned and black being overwhelmed. At the recommendation of a friend, I started reading this book. It treats the psychological aspect of what combat does to people. While I am not a police officer, or in any branch of the armed forces, this book gave me a lot to think about in relation to school safety and shootings, and how adults myself included should respond to such a threat or actual event. Rehearsing the appropriate words can prevent this from happening. I recommend this book to women who have had fathers in the military or in the police force.
This guy goes on to let the reader know he has zero combat experience, but anyone who is seasoned with academic literature can see that Lt. Responsibility: by Dave Grossman ; with Loren W. The second reason is to attempt to deal with the possible memory loss and cognitive distortion that participants and witnesses might have experienced. I found On Combat to be significantly more poorly written, and more reliant on personal anecdotes to say nothing often inexplicable quotes from Shakespeare's histories than On Killing. I would recomend it to any soldier , law enforcment , or even Conceal carry permit holder.
The debriefing is only as important as your mental health after a crisis is to you. How to train those whose job it is to kill, soldiers, police etc. A brief, but insightful look at history shows the evolution of combat, the development of the physical and psychological leverage that enables humans to kill other humans, followed by an objective examination of domestic violence in America. One element that sets him apart from many other experts is his ability to write on the topic in a manner anyone can comprehend. Grossman's first book, ''On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society'' is an analysis of the physiological processes involved with killing another human being. His expertise ranges from his own experiences as a special operations warrior to having trained thousands of military and law enforcement personnel. Overall a good read, and probably a must-read for anyone involved in providing mental health care to police officers, members of the military, or any other group that might be exposed to combat situations.
It also provides an excellent account of what it is actually like for a soldier or peace officer to engage in combat, including cognitive, emotional, and moral consequences. If I had wanted to read On Killing again, I would have picked up a copy of On Killing and read it again. It is funny, cause I have used the technique with my little girl, but didn't really realize the physics behind it. I'm a Marine Corps veteran, and married to a cop, so a great deal of the subjects touched on things that hold a personal interest to Excellent book on the psychology of war and combat. Why I started this book: Working my way thru the audio books that I have access to. He explains the whole sheep and sheepdog thing. I would much rather be prepared if I'm ever forced into such a situation! Depending on the environment the body may focus its attention almost entirely on either audio or visual stimulus, as is the case when hearing becomes sharper in low light situations.
But it is to me a good example of bad research writing. You might feel numb, robot-like, unnaturally calm, and alienated from those who 'haven't been there'. Psychologically one must not be in denial about horrible possibilities. Colonel Grossman refuses interviews because the information he shares is the difference between life and death. Crew served weapons, like machine guns and cannons, and proximate leaders also enable killing by serving to diffuse the responsibility for the death through the social group.
Surely, some of the stuff seemed exaggerated, however, most of it seemed like useful information for someone who was trying to get in the mindset of being in combat. Guns are noted as being particularly effective due to the loud sound produced versus a bow and arrow. After examining the incredible impact of a few true warriors in battle, On Combat presents new and exciting research as to how to train the mind to become inoculated to stress, fear and even pain. That changed late in my deployment when my squad was ambushed at close range by a significantly larger force. A brief, but insightful look at history shows the evolution of combat, the development of the physical and psychological leverage that enables humans to kill other humans, followed by an objective examination of domestic violence in America. There were still some things like time slowing down and auditory shutoff that I had yet to experience and I began to become skeptical about.
In it, he reveals evidence that most people have a -level response to violence, and that soldiers need to be specifically trained to kill. A lot of the information is repeated, but the first hand accounts that are chronicled in the book range from amazingly informative to down right haunting. The happiness the survivor feels at being alive is difficult to separate from the death of the other party. Towards the end of the book it teaches a breathing technique that can be used in any situation to calm yourself or someone else down, and diminish the effects of stress. Physiological Responses to Extreme High Stress There is a wide range of possible responses and experiences during extreme high stress events. Outstanding isn't a strong enough word to describe it. Colonel Grossman retired from the military as Professor of Military Science at Arkansas State University.
All the information police, soldiers and other warriors have been missing for over fifty years is right here in this solid volume. Their efficiency was 15 percent. The reader will learn a highly effective breathing technique that not only steadies the warrior's mind and body before and during the battle, but can also be used afterwards as a powerful healing device to help separate the emotion from the memory. While the topic is interesting, it seems less relevant to the topic of combat and more appropriate for a separate book. While the main audiance of this book might be designed to be police officers or those in the armed forces, it was a very interesting read from any perspective.
A final chapter encourages warriors to always fight for justice, not vengeance, so that their remaining days will be healthy ones filled with pride for having performed their duty morally and ethically. Col Grossman on all things, such as the effects of video games on society but overall this is a must read. There are many facts, studies, and even personal anecdotes based on insider-military experiences none of which carry a courtesy notation of evidence. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. With that said, I found it to be more interesting fascinating, in fact and far more practical. He also speaks at civilian events on ways to reduce violence in society and deal with the aftermath of violent events such as. The wolf preys on the sheep; the sheep are under the protection of the sheepdog and victimized by the wolf; the sheepdog protects the sheep from the wolf and keeps the predator behaving uprightly due to his presence.