Combat looks at what happens to the human body under the stresses
of deadly battle—the impact on the nervous system, heart, breathing, visual and
auditory perception, and memory—then discusses new research findings concerning what
measures 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 and the development of the physical and psychological leverage
that enables humans to kill other humans and is 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 book explores what really happens to the warrior after the
battle and shows how emotions, such as relief and self-blame, 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.
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. Readers will learn
a highly effective breathing technique that not only steadies the warrior’s
mind and body before and during the battle but that can also be used afterward 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
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