Amanda Ripley: The Unthinkable



Plane crashes remember you usually have a matter of seconds not minutes to get outIn a series of experiments safety officials ran regular people through mock evacuations from planes The trials weren t nearly as stressful as real evacuations of course but it didn t matter People especially women hesitated for a surprisingly ong time before jumping onto the slide That pause slowed the evacuation for everyone But there was a way to get people to move faster If a flight attendant stood at the exit and screamed at people to jump the pause all but disappeared the researchers found In fact if flight attendants did not aggressively direct the evacuation they might as well have not been there at all A study by the Cranfield University Aviation Safety Centre found that people moved just as slowly for polite and calm flight attendants as they did when there were no flight attendants presentcPanic occurs if and only if three other conditions are present uarantelli concluded First people must feel that they may be trapped Knowing they are definitely trapped is not the same thing In fact in submarine disasters such as the horrific sinking of the Russian submarine Kursk in 2000 humans are not Lair of the Dragon likely to panic The crew knows there is no way out At submarine depths even if they were to swim out of the hatch they would not surviveBut if people worry that they might be trapped that is a trigger for panic even in wide open spaces War refugees caught in the open by strafing planes can develop as acute a sense of potential entrapment as indivi Everyone should read this book Besides being filled with utterly fascinating tales of how different people react during disasters did you know panic is actually an extremely rare response it gives very helpful ideasplans for how to prepare yourself mentally for being involved in one This is the type of book you re always reading bits aloud to whoever happens to be in the room I cannot stress how terrific and interesting it isjust knowing the most common reasons people die in disasters could save you because these reasons are not at all what you re always believed An exceptional book about who survives and who doesn t in a disaster Amanda Ripley writesWe flirt shamelessly with risk today constructing city skylines in hurricane alleys and neighborhoods on top of faultines Largely because of where we Forever His Bride (The Wedding Party, live disasters have become freuent and expensive But as we build ever impressive buildings and airplanes we doess and Girl Trouble less to build better survivors How did we get this way The Iearned the I wondered how much of our survival behaviors and misbehaviors could be explained by evolution After all we evolved to escape predators not buildings that reach a uarter mile into the sky Has technology simply outpaced our survival mechanisms But there are two kinds of evolution the genetic kind and the cultural kind Both shape our behavior and the cultural kind has gotten a The Trouble with Valentines lot faster We now have many ways to create instincts we canearn to do better or worse We can pass on traditions about how to deal with modern risks just as we pass on jlo Journal language I am admittedly very interested in disasters and their aftermath I have been ever since I was a girl I remember reading about The Titanic with fascination I was obsessed with Pompeii for a while Earthuakes tsunamis floods all of it Maybe it s because when I was young my town flooded for several days our basement filling with water and my dad away all day filling sandbags as the streets flowedike a river I don t know But I ve always had a healthy fear of and fascination with what happens when things go wrongWhen a friend recommended this book to me I checked it out from the One Night...Twin consequences (The Monticello Baby Miracles library right away and I m glad I did Ripley s writing style is both informative citing studies and interviewing researchers in the field of human stress and behavior as well as casual in tone She interviews disaster survivors from 9 11 fires active shooting situations and plane crashes giving insight into the different types of reactions that one can have when confronted with an extremely stressful situation Weearn about the three phases of a human s disaster response and how to help ourselves do a One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic little better to ensure that we areikely to be safe I found it fascinating I wanted to bring up some of the ideas with people I talk to as well as apply some of her thoughts into my own The Routledge Handbook of Spanish in the Global City life It s straightforward and frightening sometimes but isn t trying to be scary it s trying to inform and change behavior Highly recommended for anyone who wants to feel confident about how to keep themselves safe in those once in aifetime situations. Ects of extreme fear Finally Ripley steps into the dark corners of her own imagination having her brain examined by military researchers and experiencing through realistic simulations what it might be The Holy Grail like to survive a plane crash into the ocean or to escape a raging fire     Ripley comes back with precious wisdom about the surprising humanity of crowds the elegance of the brain’s fear circuits and the stunning inadeuacy of many of our evolutionary responses Most unexpectedly she discovers the brain’s ability to do much much better with just aittle help The Unthinkable escorts us into the bleakest regions of our nightmares flicks on a flashlight and takes a steady British Jihadism look around Then iteads us home smarter and stronger than we were before.

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Ng my plan It s a fine Virgin Widow line between telling yourself that the chances of a disaster happening to you or aoved one are slim and expecting disasters around every corner but The Unthinkable provides an educational Wife in Exchange logical and positive approach to risk fear and disaster planning Easy read on history of disaster planning Good gut check on understand risk and how to respond Starts with the Halifax Explosion in 1917 and explores 911 1993 bombing Sewer explosions of Guadalajara and Katrina S Kinda disappointed to be honest I mean it is an engaging read and the her writing style is very readable which is why I m so frustrated with how mediocre the actual content was I think my expectations were misled by the subtitle on the cover Who Survives When Disaster Strikes and Why From the subtitle I was expecting an eye opening thought provoking book based on scientific studies and statistical research similar to Freakonomics and The Tipping Point etc but what we got were psychological profiles of the different human responses to disaster Which is interesting enough as it is but Ripley doesn t uite tell us why people with these particular traits survive or ateast she doesn t really The Eternal Ice (Magic: The Gathering: Ice Age Cycle, link her arguments and points well so each section feels very disjointed and muddled and the point isost in there somewhere A couple months ago my place of employment sent me to a Readiness Conference I fan girled out istening to Dr Kevin Menes talk about his experience in the emergency department responding to the Las Vegas shooting aftermath Seriously The guy deserves a medal and is a walking superhero in health care The next session was on responding to shooters in the work force The thing that both Dr Menes and the expert shooter response trainers continued to reiterate is something I completely agree with But it took my belief from a personal anecdote to something with concrete data when tragedy strikes YOU are the first responder Not 911 So what are you doing to be ready What makes you confident you are as ready as you can be This book was referenced several times and I immediately put it on my short ist to read It s now on my short Tennessee Takedown / Ravens Hollow list to buy Phenomenal book There s still aong way to go and I ve had a method of self defense for years but this takes it to a whole new The Cowboy Takes a Bride (The Bridal Bid level When I sit in a restaurant now I know the exits When I m going around corners Iook for the hallway mirrors And a million other small awareness things The book breaks down behavioral response to disaster propensity for certain behaviors during disaster and pushes the reader towards readiness Not in order to instill anxiety in the ready but to instill confidence because we know what the heck we would do IF We ve wrestled those demons and we re at peace with a plan Beyond fascinating and practical Highly recommend I d rate this a PG 13 for heavy adult material swearing and scenes of death and destruction Incredible A textbook basically on all things scary And an extremely illuminating one at thatFor all these reasons perhaps heroes feel a nonnegotiable duty to help others when they can It s something in your heart your soul and your emotions that gets a hold of you and says I gotta do something Oliner says This finding agrees with the results of other albeit scant research into heroism People who perform heroic acts are very often those who are helpers in everyday Michaels Discovery (The Devaneys life be they firefighters or nurses or police officersPerhaps because of their training and experience heroes also have confidence in their own abilities In generalike almost all people who perform well under extreme stress heroes believe they shape their own destinies Psychologists call this an internal Shotgun Wedding (Silhouette Yours Truly, locus of control I asked Roger Olian if he felt in control of what happens to him There s no uestion in my mind To a veryarge degree he said Even if I couldn t control it I would feel Life Changing Smiles like I should Bystanders on the other hand tend to feel buffeted by forces beyond their control They pay scant attention to other people s problems They will concentrate on their own need for survival Oliner says And bystanders it s worth remembering are what most of us areCOur obedience to authority in a disaster can be an asset if the people in charge understand it For years aviation safety experts could not understand why passengers did soittle to save themselves in plane crashes They would sit in their seats instead of going to an exit Those who did get up had an infuriating tendency to reach for their carry on baggage before Innocent Sins (Harlequin Presents, leaving Then once they made it to the exit door they would pause for a dangerous amount of time before jumping down the slide And in. T out to discover whaties beyond fear and speculation In this magnificent work of investigative journalism Ripley retraces the human response to some of history’s epic disasters from the explosion of the Mont Blanc munitions ship in 1917–one of the biggest explosions before the invention of the atomic bomb–to a plane crash in England in 1985 that mystified investigators for years to the journeys of the 15000 people who found their way out of the World Trade Center on September 11 2001 Then to understand the science behind the stories Ripley turns to Only a Whisper leading brain scientists trauma psychologists and other disaster experts formal and informal from a Holocaust survivor who studies heroism to a master gunfighter whoearned to overcome the eff.

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Storytelling is essential to survival It s what turns preparation into ritual and victims into saviors I had this review 95% written and my computer died because its battery is crap And now it s goneIt was a bomb review Just pretend you read it and it was REALLY goodUnfortunately you are Copper Lake Secrets left with the half assed version of my review because I ve had an extremely rough week I basically have the mental energy of a toad right nowVeering away from the disaster that is myife Brooklyn's Song let s talk about The Unthinkable Life becomesike molten metal he wrote Old customs crumble and instability rules For a book about panic 911 hurricanes and school shootings The Unthinkable is infused with a comforting sense of hope It s absolutely horrifying to hear the tales of a woman who stumbled down the stairs of the World Trace Center or a teenager who Men Are Like Waffles--Women Are Like Spaghetti Devotional Study Guide lived through the Virginia Tech violence But these tragic stories have a silverining humanity is better kinder and smarter than you d ever think Even in times of disaster most people choose to be good To do goodAnd that s the first thing I want to commend Amanda Ripley on She wrote a well researched thorough optimistic book about disasters and the ways human nature moves though them It s too easy to say it won t happen to me Not this plane not this storm You ve always been safe so your brain sees no reason to think otherwiseThere s a Plain Jane The Hotshot lot of talk about our instinctual reactions in the face of danger Why do we perform acts of heroism How do crowds of people suddenly turn deadly What physical reactions do our bodies go through when faced with unimaginable fear How do we keep from freezing and move past denial How are you mostikely to die Think for a moment Given your own profile what do you really think is most Family of Her Dreams likely to kill you It s a survival of the mind type of story but there s a bit of practical advice sprinkled throughout Check your smoke detectors Pay attention to emergency exitocations Never try to drive through a flooded road And finally know what disasters you could personally face and mentally rehearse for what you will do For example I Blackmailed Into the Italians Bed live right on the border of tornado alley as well as being close to a major faultine So it makes much sense for me to plan for either of those options as opposed to a tsunamiI ain t afraid of no tsunami When people believe that survival is negotiable they can be wonderfully creative All it takes is the audacity to imagine that our behavior matters The Unthinkable is a remarkable work of nonfiction realistic without pessimism and full of personal eye opening stories of disaster At it s core it is a book that believes in humanity as a group and as individuals No only CAN we survive we will This book tells you many useful things about survival human s mind and disasters and I really enjoy the author s sense of humor as well Informative educational and effectively written We need non fictional books Girls Night Out like thisPS I reallyike how scientists are having all the fun when they run their experiments 1 getting people to jump from building with safety neat beneath and 2 getting people to swim through a mazelike swimming pool so they can analyze how human s brain would work at the state of crisis I hate to fly but if I want to see my oldest son who Bound To Ransom (Bound Series Book 2) lives 1700 miles away I pretty much have to When I was four months pregnant with this son I was on a flight that had a fire in the cabin shortly after takeoff so the pilot told us we needed to assume the crash position return to the airportand on a runway surrounded by fire trucks and exit using the wing evacuation slides Everything turned out fine but it was pretty darn scary at the time I ve been terrified to fly ever since asking my doctor for four Xanax four times a year when I had to fly She has become Into the Wild (The McGraws, less willing to prescribe them so now I just have a drink before boarding When I saw this book at theibrary even the title made my heart pound but I decided to check it out and face my fear Instead of being scary I found this book to be interesting informative empowering and a positive Orbital Velocity (Stony Man, look at how people react when faced with a disaster I hope I never have toearn what my disaster personality how you respond in a crisis would be if I was in the middle of a real disaster but this book has given me a Cowboy Swagger (Sons of Troy Ledger, lot to think about and ateast Navy Wife (Navy listen to the safety presentation before takeoff identify the plane exits as instructed andearn where the fire exits are when I check into a hotel I m still afraid to fly but after reading The Unthinkable I can recognize that as an emotional response and move beyond it by planning preparation practicing and executi. It Running Scared (Heroes for Hire, lurks in the corner of our imagination almost beyond our ability to see it the possibility that a tear in the fabric ofife could open up without warning upending a house a skyscraper or a civilization Today nine out of ten Americans Saving All My Lovin live in places at significant risk of earthuakes hurricanes tornadoes terrorism or other disasters Tomorrow some of us will have to make split second choices to save ourselves and our families How will we react What will it feelike Will we be heroes or victims Will our upbringing our gender our personality–anything we’ve ever earned thought or dreamed of–ultimately matter    Amanda Ripley an award winning journalist for Time magazine who has covered some of the most devastating disasters of our age se.

author's websiteAmanda Ripley is an investigative journalist for Time The Atlantic and other magazines She is the author most recently of The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way a New York Times bestseller Her first book The Unthinkable Who Survives When Disaster Strikes and Why was published in 15 countries and turned into a PBS documentary