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Character traits

We have all known people who just are not able to act in extreme emergencies. The events just cloud their thinking and they are not able to do what needs to be done. They try to act, but their actions are not helpful. These are people who may be nice, smart, and good looking, but that is where it ends. Decision making is not their strong suit.

Then there are the people who don't even try to act. They get so scared by any threatening situation that they simply turn and run. The events are just too overwhelming and scary. It is OK to turn and run if it may save your lives or someone elses.

The funny part (not really funny) about some of these people is the stories they tell after the fact. Some people own up to the fact that they got scared and that is that. Others act as though they acted heroically or decisively and "took care of business". Kind of a lie and we all know it.

Even more interesting is when the person seems to change their story as time goes on. Details get moved around a bit. The story seems to move closer and closer to working in their favor. As they get older and have a little more to lose, the story is altogether forgotten.

I wonder how it would feel to spend 2 hours waiting for someone to come back and help you? An air pocket, if big enough can last that long, experts say. Hold on and, hopefully, someone will be right here to help. Unless they are not a good decision maker. Unless they do not do well under stress.

We have all done wrong things in our lives. Some of us just do not lie about them. Some of us are adults, tell the truth, take the medicine, apologize to those we need to, and pray about our shortcomings the rest of our lives. Others of us simply lie our rear ends off in the hopes that no one will find out, and if they do, at least we will not get in very much trouble.

People never change.

 

Comment balloon 7 commentsKevin Robinson • August 27 2009 08:58AM

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There are more responses than you have outlined.  Most people want to do the right thing put you are correct they can't in dangerous situations.  How do you go from dangerous situations to people who lie?

I was an investigator and then a counselor.  People who tell the truth have very small changes in their stories and people who lie can't remember the detail thus the changes in their stories.  Since it did not happen the way they tell it they can't remember detail.  The truth teller will remember because he lived the experience.

Posted by Tim Lorenz, 949 874-2247 (TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team) about 8 years ago

Tim- Thanks for the response. This was just my simple response to something in the news this week.

Posted by Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer about 8 years ago

Klavan on the Culture-Bye

http://pajamasmedia.com/andrewklavan/2009/08/26/333/

Posted by Alice Linahan (Voices Empower ) about 8 years ago

Alice, That story sums up alot of my feelings.

Posted by Hugh Krone, Realtor, Sussex County NJ (Weichert Referral Associates) about 8 years ago

Kevin ~ Another interesting observation that you opined and allowed us to see into your own soul. Thanks

Posted by Broker Nick, Broker Nick Relocation Broker Service (South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc.) about 8 years ago

I wonder how Mary Jo's family feels about him being dead now.

Posted by Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer about 8 years ago

I immediately knew who you were referring to.  When the reports of Teddy's passing first came over the TV and into my ears, with the statement "he lived a long, productive life" I turned to my husband and said, "Too bad Mary Jo Kopechne can't say the same thing...."

Posted by Janna Scharf, Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene) about 8 years ago

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