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Overcoming the Denial Mindset About Active Shooters

When faced with an active shooter situation, one of the biggest obstacles to survival is

the denial mindset. Our brains are hardwired to interpret information as part of our

normal, everyday experience, a phenomenon known as normalcy bias. This leads us to

underestimate the likelihood and potential impact of an emergency like an active

shooter. However, denying the reality of the threat can cost precious time and put lives

at risk. It's crucial to overcome this denial quickly and shift into a survival mindset. A few

techniques can help:

 Breathe deeply to lower your heart rate and circumvent panic.

 Shift your emotional state from fear to anger, which is easier to channel into


 Use the OODA loop (Observe, Orient, Decide, Act) to focus your thinking.

 Exert willpower to override your brains panic alarms.

 Take any action, even small, to avoid freezing and regain a sense of control.

By recognizing the tendency toward denial and employing strategies to overcome it, you

can reach the decisive moment faster and take life-saving actions during an active

shooter incident. Preparedness and a proactive survival mindset are key

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the topic of active shootings, please do

not hesitate to reach out to us at

Website: Perplexity.AI

Date: June 5, 2024

Bob Cooke / CEO Lockdown International

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