On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace

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ON COMBAT looks at what happens to the human body under the stresses of deadly battle and the impact on the nervous system, heart, breathing, visual and auditory perception, memory - then discusses new research findings as to what measure warriors can take to prevent such debilitations so they can stay in the fight, survive, and win. A brief, but insightful look at history shows the evolution of combat, the development of the physical and psychological leverage that enables humans to kill other humans, followed ...

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Overview

ON COMBAT looks at what happens to the human body under the stresses of deadly battle and the impact on the nervous system, heart, breathing, visual and auditory perception, memory - then discusses new research findings as to what measure warriors can take to prevent such debilitations so they can stay in the fight, survive, and win. A brief, but insightful look at history shows the evolution of combat, the development of the physical and psychological leverage that enables humans to kill other humans, followed by an objective examination of domestic violence in America. The authors reveal the nature of the warrior, brave men and women who train their minds and bodies to go to that place from which others flee.

After examining the incredible impact of a few true warriors in battle, ON COMBAT presents new and exciting research as to how to train the mind to become inoculated to stress, fear and even pain. Expanding on Lt. Col. Grossman's popular "bulletproof mind" presentation, the audiobook explores what really happens to the warrior after the battle, and shows how emotions, such as relief and self-bame, are natural and healthy ways to feel about having survived combat. A fresh and highly informative look at post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) details how to prevent it, how to survive it should it happen, how to come out of it stronger, and how to help others who are experiencing it.

ON COMBAT looks at the critical importance of the debriefing, when warriors gather after the battle to share what happened, critique, learn from each other and, for some, begin to heal from the horror. The listener will learn a highly effective breathing technique that not only steadies the warrior's minds and body before and during the battle, but can also be used afterwards as a powerful healing device to help separate the emotion from the memory. Concluding chapters discuss the Christian/Judeo view of killing in combat and offers powerful insight that Lt. Col. Grossman has imparted over the years to help thousands of warriors understand and come to terms with their actions in battle. A final chapter encourages warriors to always fight for justice, not vengeance, so that their remaining days will be healthy ones filled with pride for having performed their duty morally and ethically. This information-packed audiobook ploughs new ground in its vision, in its extensive new research and startling findings, and in its powerful, revealing quotes and anecdotes from top people in the warrior community, people who have faced the toxic environment of deadly combat and now share their wisdom to help others.

ON COMBAT is easy to understand and powerful in scope. It is a true classic that will be listened to by new and veteran warriors for years to come.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781478979227
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • Publication date: 10/28/2013
  • Format: Other
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

A former army Ranger and paratrooper, Lt. Col. Dave Grossman taught psychology at West Point and is currently the professor of Military Science at Arkansas State University.

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  • Posted December 7, 2009

    How to Understand Warriors, Cops, and Others Who Put Their Lives on the Line for Our Safety

    Every citizen in the United States should be required to read this book, and say "Thank You!!"

    And, since none of us ever knows when we might confront a life-threatening event, it is good preparation.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2009

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    This is grad school level training for the warrior

    "On Killing" which is a very good book, has to be considered a high school textbook in comparison to "On Combat" which should be considered graduate school work if you compare the two. Both are good but "On Combat" goes so much farther and deeper than "On Killing" did.
    If you are planning to read both, I actually would suggest reading "On Combat" first.
    My copy is already beat up and I should have started reading it with a highlighter in my hand. I have already been able to share some of the concepts with coworkers and incorporate some of the lessons into training I have to provide.
    This book is about surviving, both physically and mentally, winning and going home to your loved ones, both physically and mentally.
    Whether you are a warrior or you live with one, you need to read this book. Remember, your body can't go where your mind has never been.

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  • Posted January 23, 2009

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    A Must For Anyone Who May Be Involved In A Fight

    Three years ago, I was involved in a situation where I needed to draw my pistol to protect me and my family. Afterwards, I was shaking like a leaf, my body reacting during the whole situation in ways that frankly scared the hell out of me. I talked to combat vets about what had happened, and openly wondered if I was cut out for carrying a weapon. They universally recommended this book. I'm glad they did.<BR/><BR/>Dr. Grossman describes not only what can happen physically during combat, but also why. His words provide physical reasons for reaction often considered a sign of cowardice or at the least fear, and removes the stigma of these reactions. Further, he outlines ways in which one can work to remove these reactions.<BR/><BR/>The one negative I have, and the primary reason this book is listed as 4 star instead of 5, is Dr. Grossman's positions regarding violent video games. I totally disagree with him on this issue, but it is for each person to decide for themselves.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2015

    I begin to understand what I went through and why.

    I begin to understand what I went through and why.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2014

    If you are going to read this you may also want to look into &qu

    If you are going to read this you may also want to look into &quot;On Killing&quot;. They both are great reads on how the mine works with the stresses of war. I'm in the military and thought i knew a good chunk of stuff but i was way off on a lot of things. it has brought to light a lot if things i have never thought about.

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  • Posted February 3, 2013

    Vitally Important and Timely Reading

    Despite the fact that Dr. Grossman chooses unfortunate titles for his book, it stands as a vital resource of information on the psychological and physiological affects of close quarter violence. While Dr. Grossman addresses soldiers and police officers, the message for others is clear. He presents the active shooter in schools and elsewhere in a through and thoughtful way. If the reader can ignore the self-serving asides then this book will be enlightening. Dr. Grossman gives us an understanding of the issues involved in school shootings and what we can do and not do, This is a book for educators, administrators and parents too.I highly recommend this book.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

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    good book

    good book for anyone that wants to know about what goes on during a war and what the men and women go through.
    i loved the part about controlling your breathing and how it goes into depth..very informative:)

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