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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Human Factor Research Group; 1 edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964920557
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964920552
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Michael Asken is the psychologist for the Pennsylvania State Police where he is involved with selection and training of Troopers. He functions as the psychologist for the PSP Special Emergency Response Team for both the tactical operators and crisis negotiators. He is involved with cadet performance issues at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy. He is on the Editorial Board of the The FireArms Instructor. He has written articles for PoliceOne.com., SWAT Digest, The Crisis Negotiator, The Tactical Edge, Law Officer, The Bulletin of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police, and the FireArms Instructor. Mike is an instructor for Top Gun undercover narcotics agent training. He has consulted with and/or provided training for the National Tactical Officers Association, Eastern States Vice Investigators Association, the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, the New England Crisis Negotiator s Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Pennsylvania Attorney General s Agents, the Pennsylvania Tactical Officers Association, the Naval ROTC Battalion at Villanova University, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the FBI, the United States Army War College and Naval Special Warfare Group. Mike holds a B.A. degree in Social & Behavioral Sciences from the Johns Hopkins University. He completed his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with a minor in Medical Psychology at West Virginia University and served his internship at the East Orange (New Jersey) Veterans Administration Hospital. Loren W. Christensen is a Vietnam veteran, a retired police officer with 29 years of law enforcement experience, and a martial artist since 1965. His police experience includes working gang enforcement, street patrol, intelligence, the training division and dignitary protection. As a martial artist, Loren has earned 11 black belts: 8th dan in karate, 2nd dan in jujitsu, and a 1st dan in arnis. He has starred in seven instructional DVDs. As a writer, Loren has penned over 40 books and dozens of magazine articles on a variety of subjects. While his target audience is most often what he calls the warrior community martial artists, cops, and soldiers his writing includes a variety of other subjects for a broader audience, including fitness, nutrition, riots, street prostitution, street gangs, surviving workplace violence and surviving deadly school shootings. Lt. Col. Dave Grossman is an internationally recognized scholar, author, soldier, and speaker who is one of the world s foremost experts in the field of human aggression and the roots of violence and violent crime. Col. Grossman is a West Point psychology professor, Professor of Military Science, and an Army Ranger who has combined his experiences to become the founder of a new field of scientific endeavor, which has been termed killology. In this new field Col. Grossman has made revolutionary new contributions to our understanding of killing in war, the psychological costs of war, the root causes of the current virus of violent crime that is raging around the world, and the process of healing the victims of violence, in war and peace. He is the author of On Killing, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; has been translated into Japanese, Korean, and German; is on the US Marine Corps recommended reading list; and is required reading at the FBI academy and numerous other academies and colleges. Col. Grossman co-authored with Gloria DeGaetano Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action Against TV, Movie and Video Game Violence, which has been translated into Norwegian and German, and has received international acclaim. Col. Grossman s most recent book with Loren Christensen is On Combat, the highly acclaimed sequel to On Killing.

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This book would have been a great resource back then.
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The authors of this book have presented you with a detailed lesson plan and blueprint to obtain and toughen YOUR warrior mindset.
Shawn Kovacich
This book is a must have for anyone on Law Enforcement/military.
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155 of 163 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Kovacich VINE VOICE on March 7, 2010
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Well as you may have already guessed from the title of this review that, I consider this book to be the third installment in the outstanding trilogy, which includes; On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society and On Combat, The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace which focus on the psychology of killing in combat and/or self-defense, which amounts to pretty much the same thing although usually in much different settings and circumstances. I guess one could also make the argument that killing during wartime is radically different than in self-defense, but that is an argument best left for another time and forum. I highly recommend that you also purchase and study these two previous volumes along with this one.

When I first started reading this book, I was reminded of a scene from the movie, The Shootist, starring John Wayne and Ron Howard. In this particular scene, Howard asks Wayne (who is playing a very proficient gunfighter who is elderly and dying of cancer) how he had fought so many gun battles over the years against such a wide range of opponents and come out the winner in every one of them. Wayne replies by telling Howard that it wasn't a matter of being the fastest with a gun, or even the best shot, the major factor was being "WILLING TO KILL" another human being without forethought or hesitation.
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63 of 69 people found the following review helpful By K. Evans on October 23, 2010
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For full disclosure, I am not involved in the armed forces, but rather a general civilian. I purchased this book based on positive reviews I have received stating that this book was backed by concrete scientific research and studies, a feature many "mindset books" lack.

This book does not disappoint in that area. Warrior Mindset contains numerous practical exercises for developing a stronger mind and backs each exercise with research for doing so. The book is clearly laid out and easy to follow. Warrior Mindset is directed at the armed forces, so naturally numerous examples are from armed forces or police scenarios. There are also numerous sports examples and occasionally other professions. Despite this, I was pleasantly surprised of the take-aways from each chapter as they are very much relevant to whatever field you are in, specially the practical exercises.

The only downside to this book is it is dry. The research is of huge benefit, but sometimes I craved for a more personal sounding voice to the authors. It reads like a manual. This could be a positive or negative depending on your taste.

Overall, if you have come from a world of lightly backed research books on mindset that make you feel good, but provide little practicality; this book will be refreshing. It is raw, honest, and to the point. But realize this book IS directed towards the armed forces.
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67 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Kevin S. Faulk on April 4, 2010
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What I enjoyed the most about this book is the "manual" style it is written; the purpose of it is clearly not just informing about the topic of mental toughness but actually helping to guide the reader into developing valuable skills. That is what makes it such a wonderful addition to On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society and On Combat, The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace. Using research, studies and interviews with professional warriors, the book shows the reader how to understand and control stress, fear, as well as learning techniques for relaxation, concentration, tactical imagery, amongst other valuable skills.

Between Loren W. Christensen, Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, and Dr. Michael Asken (who I was not familiar with prior to reading this book but was extremely impressed by), you really couldn't ask for more qualified folks to write a book of this nature and while reading it you have no doubt that you are in good hands.

I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone, but especially soldiers, police officers, and martial artists; anyone involved in the combat professions and arts. Being a former soldier myself, I especially want to emphasize how valuable this book would be to someone in the military trying to mentally prepare themselves for a deployment.
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Finally, a book that actually tests your warrior skills and shows you how you can improve your performance. This short review cannot do this book justice. This is not a book you can just skim over. It is more like an academic text that should be studied in order to get the most benefit. As someone who actually enjoys taking tests, after taking this test, I personally was not pleased with my performance on this warrior mindset examination. Even though I successfully passed each section, I also found out the areas that I need to improve upon to be a more complete and effective warrior. If you desire to really live as a warrior, this is a book that must be read and studied.

This book covers the entire realm of what it takes to be a warrior. It begins by a screening examination to determine your strong areas and where you need to improve yourself. It moves to the importance of physical conditioning (This is where I scored the maximum), handling the stress of combat, a mental attack plan, developing concentration skills, tactical performance factors, tactical self-talk and mental toughness, the danger of negative thoughts and the importance of having the winning warrior attitude Do not pass up the appendix sections because they have some very valuable instructions on how to use relaxation techniques for warriors.

In conclusion, all serious military and law enforcement officers and trainers should have a copy of this excellent book in their personal library and continually review themselves and their students using this book as a guide.

Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Monadnock Defensive Tactics System)
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