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The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life Hardcover – January 26, 2009
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Sherwood (The Man Who Ate the 747), a writer for the L.A. Times, travels worldwide to gain insight from people who have survived a slew of near fatal phenomena ranging from a mountain lion attack to a Holocaust concentration camp, and interviewing an array of experts to understand the psychology, genetics and jumble of other little things that determines whether we live or die. Readers curious about their own survivor profile can take an Internet test, which is explained in the books later pages. Sherwoods assertion that survival is a way of perceiving the world around you is enlightening, as are some of the facts he uncovers: you have 90 seconds to leave a plane crash before the cabin temperature becomes unbearable; luck has more to do with personal perspective than chance. But Sherwoods balance of self-help, scientific theories and first-rate reporting is diminished by occasionally overwrought prose as well as the countless survivors stories, which can run together in a touchy-feely stream of faith and optimism. (Jan.)
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According to Sherwood, two questions are central to this book. What does it really take to survive a catastrophic event and what kind of survivor are you? You might be surprised at the answers. While there are tactics and strategies to surviving life tragedies, unforeseen accidents, and other catastrophes, many of these are instinctive (some, like exhibiting transitory superhuman strength, are manifested physiologically, without conscious planning). Some of us, Sherwood explains, are better survivors than others—in prisoner-of-war camps, for example, the people most likely to collapse are the eternal optimists who believe rescue is imminent and fail to come to terms with the possibility of long-term imprisonment. The book is a useful, insightful exploration of the nature of survival, the resilience of the human mind and body, and the ways in which we can all use our natural gifts to maximize our chances of coming through catastrophic situations. --David Pitt
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My "Survivor Personality" test Results: Fighter. I actually had initial issues with this set of test results, so I ended up taking the test 2 more times before I realized that it wasn't going to change the results. My issue was that my programming as a "Christian" - made me a bit of a softy with my immediate family and some of my friends, i.e. always be nice to others even when they are violating rules of appropriate conduct and over-reaching into your life, i.e. "turn the other cheek" kind of thing, but they won't stop unless you tell them to take a hike, "the hard way". They will have their opinion of you, but who cares, it's your life right? No more Mr Nice Guy, that guy died by the time of the 2nd NDE.
When it comes to dying, or actually not dying in this case, get right with who you are at your survivor core, and then start leveraging some of your natural talents and strengths, this stuff works. Live and Learn, or Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying......your choice.
Also - most importantly - it says at the very beginning that you will be able to take some sort of survivor's test to determine what sort of survivor you are. I slogged through this book only to get to the part with the URL with the test...and guess what, guys? That site is dead. Nothing there, it's expired. So all this lead up to...nothing. I can't even finish the book now because the rest of it explores your survivor type. I regret buying and reading this book.