Can you maintain calmness during an emergency--even the extreme ones?

@thetis74 (1525)
August 10, 2011 7:26pm CST
We have been constantly reminded to keep calm most especially on very critical situations in cases of fire, heart attacks, earthquakes, etc, in order for us to be able to handle and get away from it safely because when we are calm we can think very well. But as we notice people can't help but panic. They are on a rampage when coming out from buildings in cases of earthquakes and fire. It must be very difficult when we are actually in such situations. I haven't been in such so I for one doesn't know. But I have kept calm on certain little domestic accidents and was able to handle things well. Has anyone been in such situations where utmost composure is required? Do you or do you not panic?
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• Philippines
12 Aug 11
Well, thankfully enough, when an emergency happens, the first thing I do is think about how I can help the situation. I was a nursing student, and we've been doing rounds in the emergency room where we usually see people rushing in due to gunshot wounds, cardiac arrests, head injuries, and all sorts of things. It's amazing how we learn to look past the injuries that we're seeing and get to readying the things that are needed. So far, the only emergencies that we've ever had were mostly office-related. Oh, and my two year old daughter getting out of the house without my knowledge. The office related emergencies were a fire and a few employees collapsing due to shock or difficulty of breathing, which weren't that much alarming because all you have to do is call for an ambulance or carry the employee to a car that will take him or her to the hospital. But when my daughter went missing one day while it was raining when I woke up, I didn't know what to do first. I was in my nightshirt, I couldn't find my slippers, and I didn't know where to look first. I was afraid of what I might find in the bathroom, or at the back of our house, or wherever. The thing is, my daughter could already reach the door knob and open the door. I didn't really worry about that part because we have a gate with a hook at the very top. I was trying to figure out how she got out when I saw one of the dining room chairs outside. It turns out, she dragged the chair outside, reached for the hook, got the gate open, and went outside. Good thing a neighbor saw my daughter and brought her to the house. Now we installed a lock at the very top of the door, a lock at the very top of the gate, and she does not get out anymore.
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@thetis74 (1525)
12 Aug 11
I ca understand that very well. There will be certain situations that we can just be too calm about but when it comes to situations like that it's really panicky and sometimes you almost vomit. I had that experience. It could be an unreasonable panic, but I did some how. I knew my daughter was just there inside that house, but when she got silent and I panicked though knowing that she was just there and after a single moment, like 2 minutes, I haven't found her. Then my three years old was just trying to hide from me behind the sofa.
11 Aug 11
yes it is very difficult to remain calm during critical situations. if you get panic you are becoming mad. you will get into trouble by your own actions. the best way to manage the situation is defending upon controlling the mind. I do admit that controlling the mind is very very difficult in this world. All most all the time the mind is controlling us. self suggestion to your mind is the only way to control the mind. Mind is very complex mechanism. mind and its control is a very big subject. If you don't mistake me I advise you to go through the book "RAJA YOGA' written by a saint called Swami Vivekananda an Indian saint.
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@thetis74 (1525)
12 Aug 11
I do agree with you. You are right. The mind is a very complex mechanism and that you just have to set certain mind set to rid it from controlling you others you will be overcome by its capability of being able to control yourself. A lot of us, I think, has a lot to learn on what the human mind is capable of. I hope I could have the same book. It would be fascinating to read more about the human mind. I appreciate your share here my friend. I warmly welcome you to my lot.
@kingparker (9698)
• United States
11 Aug 11
That really depends on the situation, how emergency it gonna be though. If I can, I will keep myself calm, and not to panic. Because with fussy and panicky mood, I can't think it clear and through things. Maybe I can practice it sometimes, or watch some movies to learn from it.
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@Judy890 (1633)
• United States
12 Aug 11
I totally panic. I remember there was a fire in my building, the fire was right below us. Everyone got out of the building except for us. My whole body started tingling and shaking. The firefighters took so long to come which made everything worse. When it was over I was a little calm but still shaky. I was 8 yrs old at the time I can't describe how scared I was. I still get that tingly sensation whenever I panic.
• India
11 Aug 11
hi thetis74! I panic a lot while these kind of situations that you mentioned, especially disaster kinds, but sometimes if the disaster is not natural and its kind of emotional, i am surely very calm. yeah! In earthquake situations people do panic and most of the people panic thinking about their own lives, but very few stop and actually think of remedies and safety. Unfortunately i am not one of those people... :-P !!
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@thetis74 (1525)
11 Aug 11
Well I bet that for now we should set our minds into trying to be calm in case situation like these occurs. That is what I keep thinking of too; how I will handle an earthquake. Oh God forbid that to happen.
@kramsgir (146)
• Philippines
11 Aug 11
Ohh, it's hard to be calm in times of emergencies. I could still recall when someone knocked on our door to inform me that my brother had an accident and was sent to the hospital. I panicked coz i don't what to do, whether to call our mom or just go there without having a single penny. I was so amazed that i just walk my way through the hospital, i mean i hate walking but that time, it was like woooooshhh, i'm in there. I really panicked though i know i shouldn't have.