http://preparedness.ning.com/profiles/blog/show?id=502376:BlogPost:3323 Hair Aflame, Some Just Thrive on Doom If you're into crisis preparedness, you might know someone out there who lives for danger and societal demise. You know the type--they can bury their secret retreat and camoflauge the bug-out vehicle in the backwoods, but they can't disguise the adrenaline habit that arises out of tracking headlines continuously for signs of impending carnage. Of course, weeping and gnashing of teeth sells widely in the media anyway, but there are many info-consumer/bunker rats walking among us who just plain thrive on bad news. Maybe they are invested financially or emotionally in it, maybe it is just a validation of their outlook that the end is near. Either way, or for whatever other reason, imminent potential disaster injects borderline excitement and fear into the week and reinvigorates an impatient existence spent otherwise stocking the larder and stringing barbed wire around the perimeter. OK I Confess Hey--can you tell that I know of what I speak? Yep--I've been there, dug that bunker. Main point: Real survivors know there's a sharp distinction between being a prepper and being a doomer. It is nowhere near as evident as in times of impending disaster. Right now, it's mainly the downturns in the economy that are feeding the monster that demands to be fed negativity. I can say my own monster is pretty well locked away these days in a closet I haven't visited in quite some time. The key to that lock is in being as physically, spiritually, and mentally prepared as you can be. Then embracing the peace of mind that comes with that. Seize Control Don't let fear manage you. It's counterproductive and could actually kill you in real crisis. Be the rare individual who is equipped to intelligently fight and lead through adversity. In genuine worst-case scenarios, only about 15% keep their wits about themselves--and it's not always the ones who you would suspect. For more on that, click here.