The traits of heroes
a href="http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D94LF4181show_article=1"This is interesting:/abr /br /blockquoteStopped. Cold turkey. North Carolina authorities say a shopper clubbed an alleged carjacker with a frozen turkey as he tried to steal a woman's car in a grocery store parking lot Sunday. br /br /Police say 30-year-old Fred Louis Ervin of Raleigh stole money from a gas station before running across the street to a Harris Teeter store in a town just south of Raleigh. Garner police say he began beating Irene Moorman Bailey while stealing her car. br /br /Other shoppers came to her rescue, including one who hit Ervin with the turkey. Police did not release the person's name./blockquotebr /br /I am in the middle of reading an incredible book, a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307352897?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0307352897"emThe Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - and Why/em/aimg src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0307352897" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" / that explains why it is that some people are prepared for disaster and others are not. One of the chapters in the book is on heroism and it found that those who are heroes like the above turkey clubber have confidence in their abilities. They tend to have an a href="http://wilderdom.com/psychology/loc/LocusOfControlWhatIs.html""internal locus of control"/a--that is, a sense that they shape their own destiny rather than looking to someone else. br /br /blockquoteBystanders, 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 [a researcher] says./blockquotebr /br /According to the book, some common traits of heroes in a study of 450 acts of heroism found a whopping 91 percent of them performed by males. The author notes that this could be a bias of the sample used.... but anyway, the heroes in the study also tended to be working class men. They tended to be truck drivers, laborers, welders, or factory workers--physical jobs that required some risk, just like rescuing. A high number of the rescues were in rural or small-town America and 80% of the rescues happened in places with less than one hundred thousand people. The author opines that this might be because in small towns, people know one another and acts of kindness are recognized and remembered. A strong sense of duty to help others was also mentioned. I will hopefully post more on this incredibly fascinating book.
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