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If you ever were confronted wit ha super high stress situation. Well I did. I panicked. I have a forge right next to a wood shed. (full of wood) and I was moving a gas can far away when a spark jumped out on the gas can. It caught fire right by the building. I kicked i away and made the fire worse. Then tried to get it away from the building more, my shoe caught on fire, and some lit gas pored onto a hlf rotted log. So I ran ad got help, instead of actually doing what I could have done instead. I don't like it. This was just a fire, I simply wonder what would happen if something real occured. Anybody else had this probem?
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Personally I have never had to deal with a high stress situation, but I think you did the right thing by getting help. By getting help early, you may have helped put the fire out quicker, where as, if you had tried to do it yourself you could have ended up making it a whole lot worse. You could have sped the whole process up, or worse scenario, ended up injured.
Also removing yourself from the fires vacinity is nothing to be ashamed of. Fire is something that should be respected and, if out of control, feared. Fire is more than capable of doing you serious damage, and unlike some other phobias, ie spiders (thats' money spiders not black widows), perfectly natural and sensible.
In the end, you made a choice. This is one of the only real freedoms that is left in this world, and right or wrong, you've made it now. All you can do is live with it. I think it was the right choice, but that's me.
Now to your question about harder decisions. You just have to look inside yourself and see what decision you will think you'll make. However lots of people make the wrong decision everyday, but that is there choice.
I hope this helps :ninja:
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I agree with Gingerninja that your actions donâ€™t actually sound to have been as bad as you seem to think. As soon as you realise that a fire is out of control and for whatever reason impossible for you to put out, alarming people in the vicinity would be the next thing to do to make sure no one gets caught unaware, so getting help was a good idea.
How we react to various high-stress situations very much depend on our training and previous experiences; I would (hopefully) not hesitate to jump in if someone had got hurt and needed help fast, whereas handling a fire would probably be more of a problem to me. Like you, Iâ€™d probably end up running for help rather than attempt to stomp it out or deal with it otherwise, simply because I donâ€™t know how to deal with fires over a certain size and frankly am a little scared of them.
I havenâ€™t been in a true high-stress situation yet myself, so I canâ€™t know for sure how Iâ€™ll react. I hope Iâ€™ll react sensibly, though, considering I work at a hospital where patients can put me in a high-stress situation very easily and with disastrous consequences if I donâ€™t act right. I have twice had someone collapse in front of me on the street, and both times I didnâ€™t hesitate (much) to run to their aid. Fortunately neither needed my help, apart from a hand to get back on their feet, but I do feel a bit proud knowing I would have helped them if they had needed it. Most people around me just ignored them and walked right by! They probably felt that they didnâ€™t know what to do and feared they would only make the situation worse, but at least they could have stopped and asked if they should call for help. Thatâ€™s the least you can do in such a situation if you donâ€™t feel comfortable handling it yourself. You didnâ€™t know what to do, Forger of Civilization, and so you went and got someone who did. That, in my opinion, was the right thing to do. No need to beat yourself up over it.
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Nobody is able to stay as calm as they'd like to in a situation like that. A person just isn't able to function at full mental capicity when you've got adrenaline pumping into your body and your entire system is in "freak out" mode.Anybody that tells you that they can have thier foot catch on fire, or be in any other high stress situation and not be phased by it is either lying to you or has no feeling in thier foot. Some people are generaly able to maintain a degree of calmness (is that a word?) but everybody gets that little twinge of anxiety deep in thier gut when extreme stuff is going down. I've generaly been in that "calmer" catigory, but for me it's more of a learned response. Everyone else in my family and most of my freinds are the kind who panic easily in high stress situations,so I've sorta had to learn to remain as calm as possible.It's not that I find anything wrong with panicking, I just figured it would be helpful to have at least one person handling the situation differently.Things always go smoother when you can see them from different angles. I've been in 5 car accidents so far,and in each one I was the one who had to talk everyone else through it. When I got shot in the arm I was the only one not screaming and spazzing out.
As far as you're situation went you shouldn't feel bad about it. You made it out without any serious injury. Even if you had remained calm and collected your goal would have remained the same and you've accomplished it. There's no shame in the type of reaction you had.There's no wrong or right way to respond to a high stress situation,as long as you do what you need to do to survive. It may not have been the most graceful way to handle the situation,but when your life is in jeopardy grace should be the last thing on your mind.If you still want to be able to remain calm (or as calm as one can remain when thier foot is on fire) then you'll have to train yourself do react that way. That means the next time something extreme happens, you'll have to stop and force yourself to think rationaly and calmly while the event is occuring,ignoring all the signals your body is giving you and mentaly beating down the instincts that are controling your thought processes. It's a very hard thing to do,and I wouldn't recommend trying unless you feel it's absolutely necissary.