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Faced with a truly Shakespearean sea of troubles, as we are in SA today, you’d be forgiven for going into survival mode, making plans to “hunker down” and buy your own doomsday bunker. Load-shedding, a stumbling economy and nightmarish politics are taking their toll, and while some of us make plans to emigrate, others are storing baked beans under the bed.

Your survival style depends on how you’re wired, says Russell Shilling, a former US Navy aerospace experimental psychologist. Speaking to Fast Company magazine, he said people’s reactions to danger depend on “what they’ve learned in the past, their exposure to stress, and their preconceived notions of what constitutes danger”...

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