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If The Walking Dead Were Real, How Would You Survive?

Dr. Travis Langley, author of The Walking Dead Psychology, discusses the notion of a Post-Apocalyptic Zombie world and how the average person would react in it.

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"Hmm is this person sick? Is he, oh he's biting me!"

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You know there have always been stories of survival, for centuries people have wondered about the possible apocalypse, and in this day and age with this complicated world and instant communication, we've got a lot of possible scenarios on our mind. When I was growing up the worry was World War III, you know the nuclear holocaust. Now we've got engineered viruses and so many other possible ways to wipe ourselves out, but it's not an apocalyptic story it's a post-apocalyptic story. An apocalyptic story might not be a lot of fun, post-apocalypse it does in its own odd way have a sense of hope that, okay even if this horrible change has happened there's still some kind of existence, what will people do afterwards? - Yeah, and that's a great point, and people like to talk about it, you know it's just one of those things, I go through that scenario in my own mind and I've talked about it on this show before, with experts and survival experts and how do you protect yourself all this kind of stuff. So it's kind of fun to walk through those scenarios, how would I respond? And you bring up a very important point in your book, The Walking Dead Psychology, on how we all want to think we're the tough guy, right? We're gonna, I'm gonna be armed to the teeth and I'm just gonna start shooting these things and it's, but that's not the reality of how humans operate, and you have a chapter in the book that gets into that, 55 percent of soldiers, it's only during the Korean war that 55 percent finally started shooting at the enemy. - Yeah, you go through looking through un-fired shells just as an indicator and see that man there are a whole lot of soldiers out there who could not bring themselves to fire at someone else and you don't know in that situation until you're there, you have no idea what you would really do, and this is even something that's been figured into military training over the years how do you get people to come over that natural reluctance to shoot others? And in that zombie apocalypse, that's something that's going to be you know endangering peoples lives quickly, you're going hmm is this person sick? Is he, oh he's biting me! - Right, right.