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The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life Hardcover – January 26, 2009
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The URLs given in this version for where to get your code to take the Survival Profile Tests are flat wrong. I ended up having to use Google to find them. I wouldn't bother, though. The test is short, repetitive and incredibly shallow. Again, nothing you couldn't have figured out by yourself.
How about that 10 percent of all parachuting deaths result from the person forgetting to pull the parachute cord (even though s/he may have jumped many times before) or pulling it too low to the ground? What happens that these folks forget something so important?
This book is incredibly entertaining, informative, and well-written. I highly recommend it. At the end is a link you can hit up on the internet to take your own survivor profile. Here is what mine said:
Angela, you are a BELIEVER.
After analyzing all of your answers and calculating 152 billion different possible outcomes, the Survivor Profiler confidently declares: You are a Survivor. You've got a well-defined survivor personality and tools to help you overcome any crisis.
Your Survivor IQ tells you precisely which kind you are. After analyzing your answers, it's clear that you're a Believer. You put your faith in God to protect and sustain you through your trials. Your beliefs and convictions are like life preservers keeping you above water in difficult times. You trust deeply that God has a plan for your life and will steer you through any adversity. You're convinced the Lord would never give you a challenge you couldn't handle. Your upbeat spirit lifts you when others are down. Even in the worst times, you feel blessed and are confident things always work out for the best. Even if death approaches, you find comfort knowing that God loves you and your life is in His hands.
You draw remarkable emotional and physical power from your faith. Strengthened and guided by God, you feel capable of shouldering almost any burden. If you call out to Him and open yourself to His wisdom, you know He will answer. This faith also gives you optimism and hope, powerful weapons in survival. You're able to banish negative feelings or flip them around into positive thoughts. You can find humor in the darkest times and even laugh in the face of adversity. You are strengthened and emboldened by your faith and comforted by the conviction that your fortunes will improve one way or another on this earth or in the next life. Above all, you're a Believer. To see what it really means to be a Believer, consider the true story that appears in the Survivor Case Studies.
You are a person of great faith. You trust that God has a plan and will look after you. You believe that a greater power will steer you through difficult times and guide your actions. If you listen, God will show the way. In tough times, you're less afraid because God loves you and will always take care of you. In a crisis, faith gives you remarkable power and confidence to prevail.
You don't worship a distant, aloof God. You believe in a higher power who is loving, caring, accessible and available. "This is a God who listens to prayer, who responds, who desires good for humanity," Dr. Harold Koenig writes in The Healing Power of Faith. You trust God to "fill the gap" between the challenges you face and what you're capable of handling, Dr. Koenig explains. You are never alone in your struggles. You see God as your "active partner" in every challenge you encounter. Faith is your greatest comfort and mightiest weapon. To see faith in action, consider the true story that appears in the Survivor Case Studies.
You are a person with deep empathy. In a crisis, it may seem counterintuitive but your ability to help others turns out to be a very powerful way to help yourself. Your compassion motivates you to help other people stricken by misfortune. You feel a deep connection with others and will do anything to reduce their suffering. You take care of others before you look after yourself. You're sensitive to other people's needs and go out of their way to help people you don't know. You're good at reading new situations and people and you're always aware of your surroundings. In group situations, you work well with others. You're a team player. In a crisis, some people resort to selfishness to survive. But you're different. Your empathy and altruism are far more powerful. By caring for others, you take care of yourself. To see empathy in action, consider the true story that appears in the Survivor Case Studies.
You're a person who goes with the flow. The concept of flow derives from the motion characteristics of fluids. When moving water encounters a rock, it can go over or around the obstacle. Eventually, the river will smooth the stone and ultimately wear it down to nothing. The same applies to you. You move forward, steadily, relentlessly, and with apparent ease and effortlessness. Adaptable people quickly change their attitudes and actions to fit their new circumstances. Resilient people bounce back rapidly from adversity. But you're different. You've got Flow. You don't need to make adjustments: You sail along, freely and calmly without fuss or muss. You don't need to pick yourself up when you're knocked down: You stay down, take adversity as it comes and you're confident that you'll eventually get where you're going. You stay cool when others panic. You relax when others stress out. "As history shows," Laurence Gonzalez writes in Deep Survival, "the harder we try, the more complex our plan for reducing friction, the worse things get." You understand the futility - and danger - of trying to control the uncontrollable. Facing a crisis, some fight and others flee, but you flow. To see flow in action, consider the true story that appears in the Survivor Case Studies.
Your Bottom Tools
The Survivor Profiler focuses on your top three tools because our research shows that you can increase your chances of surviving and thriving if you lead with your greatest strengths. Based upon your responses to the test, The Survivor Profiler ranks the relative frequency and intensity of the 12 different survival tools in your personality. The following tools fell at the bottom of your survivor profile. That doesn't necessarily mean you lack these strengths or that they're entirely missing from your Survivor Personality. It simply means that these tools ranked the lowest for you of the 12 strengths measured by the Profiler.
Adaptability: The flexibility to adjust readily to different situations and to change your attitude and behavior to handle new challenges.
Love: Bonds with family and friends that are unbreakable and give you the reason for living.
Instinct: The power of intuition and ability to gain immediate insight into a challenge and know what to do.
This book is just amazing to read. From the opening pages I was hooked. It's well-written and offers great insight into the topic of why some people are survivors in a myriad of situations while others are not.
We humans often think that fate determines the outcome, but as this book illustrates, it is quite possible our own situational awareness of a scenario can provide the crucial difference as to whether we survive or not. In other words, you can learn to be a survivor and this is a great revelation.
I loved reading this book and also enjoyed taking the online quiz that indicates your survivor rating.