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We all resist change to a greater or lesser degree, don’t we? From Wikipedia: “The normalcy bias, or normality bias, is a mental state people enter when facing a disaster. It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster and its possible effects. This may result in situations where people fail to adequately prepare for a disaster, and on a larger scale, the failure of governments to include the populace in its disaster preparations.

“The assumption that is made in the case of the normalcy bias is that since a disaster never has occurred then it never will occur. It can result in the inability of people to cope with a disaster once it occurs. People with a normalcy bias have difficulties reacting to something they have not experienced before. People also tend to interpret warnings in the most optimistic way possible, seizing on any ambiguities to infer a less serious situation.”

The rules don’t apply to me … I can get away with something that nobody else ever has… = delusion. But while our acceptance of uncomfortable facts is too often slower than a herd of tortoises stampeding through peanut butter, things can change very quickly, and we could be left in a very difficult and dangerous situation.

Nate Anton, in this excellent article, writes, “Examples of the normalcy bias can be identified throughout history and even in the reflection of one’s own experiences. Major examples of the normalcy bias include the Holocaust, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and the Fukushima reactor explosion. Many lives have been ruined by limited preparation and proper action. The normalcy bias is somewhat inevitable to a certain degree considering we can’t possibly prepare for everything at all times. However, the acknowledgment of the normalcy bias should make one more consciously alert and aware.”

How do you know if you are suffering from debilitating Normalcy Bias?

Do you have candles and matches and gas cooking equipment in your home in case the electricity goes out?
Do you own life insurance, illness insurance, home insurance, car insurance?
Do you own physical gold for when the US$ finally collapses?
Are you in good physical shape?
Do you read information from the right sources, or are you being conned daily by the government’s mainstream media propaganda puppets?
Do you own a firearm and ammunition to protect yourself from rioting and looting and attacks?

Do you have a second income in place in case you lose your job or your business fails?
Do you have an adequate store of food and water (4 – 6 months)?
Have you built a strong support group of good people who share your values?
Do you have a sizable cash cushion saved (in cash, not in a bank)?
Do you have a planned and practice exit strategy in case of fire or an earthquake?
Is you car’s gas tank always kept at least half full?
Do you have a Go Bag?
Do you have a passport?

Think about it.

Robin Elliott LeverageAdvantage.com