Keep cool? Yeah, right!
At the end of the "Resistance is futile" post, we noted: "Gun jammed in your ear by a hostage taker? You're still alive." That's arguably one of the worst scenarios imaginable - but to quote Monty Python, "I'm not dead yet!"
Dealing with sudden, extreme stress is very very difficult, and isn't something that most of us are used to doing. If your job or training places you in that sort of scenario, you'll be better equipped to deal with it - but most of us don't, and aren't.
Thinking ahead can help to some extent - what would I do in situation X? - but we'll still have to deal with the physiological reactions we can't control. (A very few, who have experienced such situations many many times, may have a muted reaction - but that's unusual.)
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JJDC on 11.01.12 @ 11:19 PM ET
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