On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace

On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace

Dave Grossman Loren W. Christensen Gavin de Becker / Sep 19, 2019

On Combat The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace On 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 memory then discusses new rese

  • Title: On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace
  • Author: Dave Grossman Loren W. Christensen Gavin de Becker
  • ISBN: 9780964920514
  • Page: 379
  • Format: Paperback
  • On 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, memory then discusses new research findings as to 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 historyOn 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, memory then discusses new research findings as to 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, the development of the physical and psychological leverage that enables humans to kill other humans, 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.

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      • Dave Grossman Loren W. Christensen Gavin de Becker

        Lt Col Dave Grossman is the author of On Killing and On Combat as well as several science fiction books.In 1998 Lt Colonel Grossman retired from the military as Professor of Military Science at Arkansas State University His career includes service in the United States Army as a sergeant in the U.S 82nd Airborne Division, a platoon leader in the 9th Infantry Division United States , a general staff officer, a company commander in the 7th Infantry Division United States as well as the U.S Army Rangers and a teacher of psychology at West Point.Grossman s first book, On Killing The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society is an analysis of the physiological processes involved with killing another human being In it, he reveals evidence that most people have a phobic level response to violence, and that soldiers need to be specifically trained to kill In addition, he details the physical effects that violent stresses produce on humans, ranging from tunnel vision, changes in sonic perception, and post traumatic stress disorder.Grossman argues that the techniques used by armies to train soldiers to kill are mirrored in certain types of video games The conclusion he draws is that playing violent video games, particularly Light gun shooters of the First person shooter variety where the player holds a weapon like game controller , train children in the use of weapons and, importantly, harden them emotionally to the task of murder by simulating the killing of hundreds or thousands of opponents in a single typical video game.His second book, On Combat The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace , is an extension of the first, intended to provide coping strategies for dealing with the physiological and psychological effects of violence for people forced to kill in their line of work soldiers and police officers.Grossman uses blunt language that draws the ire of gamers during the heights of video game controversy, he was interviewed on the content of his books, and repeatedly used the term murder simulator to describe first person shooter games.Since his retirement from the Army, Grossman has founded the Killology Research Group and continues to educate law enforcement officers and soldiers in the techniques he has studied for improving outcomes in lethal encounters He also speaks at civilian events on ways to reduce violence in society and deal with the aftermath of violent events such as school shootings.


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    1. I doubt that anyone really reads or cares about the Tags we label our good books within (you know fiction or non fiction etc) so I mention that I placed this work in "pop-academic" even though technically it may be found in your University library and not at your local library. But it is to me a good example of bad research writing. The author states his credentials within the text and he does so in bad taste. His text lacks notations where they might really be supportive, maybe even needed to m [...]


    2. As I have never served in the armed forces, as a police officer, or had to use lethal force in self-defense in any encounter, I'm probably missing the real benefit of this book. Col. Grossman is exhaustive in his approach to helping those to protect us. I would guess that any cop/vet/serviceperson would get more benefit from this book than I did, and I got quite a lot. For fiction writers, this is a wonderful book that helps get into the mind of people who use lethal force. The reality of combat [...]


    3. A must-read book for everyone. The author categorizes each person as either a wolf, sheep, or sheepdog. The wolf preys on the sheep; the sheep are under the protection of the sheepdog and victimized by the wolf; the sheepdog protects the sheep from the wolf and keeps the predator behaving uprightly due to his presence. Most sheep have a hard time accepting the sheepdog but are thankful for them and will hide behind them when the wolf shows up. One easy way to find out whether or not you are a sh [...]


    4. Yet another book that has been relegated to the DNF file. If I had wanted to read On Killing again, I would have picked up a copy of On Killing and read it again. I made it 75 pages in, and none of the information in On Combat was anything new. Also, I'm fairly certain Shakespeare (you know, the guy who wrote all those great tragic plays in the late 16th and early 17th century?) wasn't exactly a warrior, so what's with all the quotes from him to start chapters and sub chapters?I also take offens [...]


    5. WOW! in-depth. well-researched. now this is a book. not to mention the provocative subject matter. elegantly written. just the right amount of quotes. just the right amount of anecdotes. just the right amount of philosophy. just the right amount of instruction. just the right amount of heart. no lulls in book. masterfully written. thoroughly enjoyed losing myself in the genius of this excellent author. I recommend this book to men everywhere in every profession. I recommend this book to women wh [...]


    6. Grossman once again takes his readers into the psychology and physiology of killing, combat and deadly force incidents.Why I started this book: Working my way thru the audio books that I have access to. This has been on my list for a while that's the problem with long lists.Why I finished it: This book is very repetitive. Since it is focused on "warriors" and reassuring them that what they are experiencing is normal, the repetitive comments helped spread the author's message. (And frankly, it di [...]


    7. First, I have to say that I’m not the target audience for this book. In the language of the book, I am most definitely a “sheep.” When all hell breaks loose, I run the other way. Fast.I got this book for research purposes, and it wasn’t what I was expecting. I wish that the book had more citations and more balanced arguments. Some of the statistics are worded in misleading ways, and a few of the chapters come across as one-sided rants. The author didn’t always convince me that his argu [...]


    8. As I mentioned before in my review of "On Killing", I think that Colonel Grossman is an excellent theorist. This book presents an interesting account of how combat stress develops and identifies a number of moderating and mediating variables. It also provides an excellent account of what it is actually like for a soldier or peace officer to engage in combat, including cognitive, emotional, and moral consequences. These accounts are based on what seem to be hundreds of hours of interviews and cor [...]


    9. All the information police, soldiers and other warriors have been missing for over fifty years is right here in this solid volume. Lt Col Grossman and Loren Christensen put it all together. They've created terms we did not know we needed, for things we didn't even know occurred. Grossman has a cute but very apt description of the function of the midbrain, fulfilled by 'the puppy,' as he calls it. He calls fear of human violence the 'universal phobia,' and tells you why it's universal. He gives a [...]


    10. I found On Combat to be significantly more poorly written, and more reliant on personal anecdotes (to say nothing often inexplicable quotes from Shakespeare's histories) than On Killing. With that said, I found it to be more interesting (fascinating, in fact) and far more practical. Again, this isn't science yet, but LtCol Grossman is pushing the boundaries of what we know and understand about the human psyche and the human experience. All human experience will involve conflict- not necessarily [...]


    11. Don't let the title fool you. This isn't a book encouraging people to be violent and it's written for everyone - not just our police and military (though it should be mandatory reading for them). It's mainly about the physiological response to violence so covered a lot of the same material as "The Boy who was raised as a dog", though you wouldn't think so to compare the titles. A really interesting and thought-provoking read.


    12. Written more for soldiers and others who end up in real combat situation. This book is important for people to understand what they have, are, or will experience when faced with violence and violent situations.


    13. Don't expect a story. This is a one man's guide into the subject On Killing/On Combat. There is an online certificate course for this book that I recommend taking.


    14. While the main audiance of this book might be designed to be police officers or those in the armed forces, it was a very interesting read from any perspective. A few of the chapters go into detail into the effect of video games on children (as well as TV and movies). This was really fascinating to read because talking to my students, I can see how much they love those games, and while I never thought highly of them, I may also have underminded their importance (or destructiveness, as it were) on [...]


    15. Excellent book on the psychology of war and combat. My husband is a police officer and heard Dave Grossman speak here in Indianapolis. He was very impressed, and purchased a CD of the lecture. I popped it in one day, and was riveted. My husband also purchased one of his books at the lecture, and I devoured that, as well, and went on to buy this book soon thereafter.I'm a Marine Corps veteran, and married to a cop, so a great deal of the subjects touched on things that hold a personal interest to [...]


    16. Very intense, but incredible book on the psychology and physiology of war. I became interested in this after talking with dozens of Afghan mujahadeen (freedom fighters) who described to me in detail what it was actually like to be in combat against the Russians or Taliban, and how even as warriors they long for peace. This book also goes into detail to help the healing process of veterans who have been involved in combat through breathing exercises, meditation and learn from others who have been [...]


    17. At the recommendation of a friend, I started reading this book. The reason he recommended it was because I'm in a leadership position in my military unit. I didn't think it was so much about how to be a good leader more than it was a book that talks about why we need warriors, who should be warriors, what a warrior should expect during combat and what to expect when coming home. This book is under my skin right now and has me questioning so much about myself. What I'm thinking is rather personal [...]


    18. Colonel Grossman looks at the psychology of combat and brings a completely new view of what happens in the mind of a man when he must kill. This book, along with its companion book, On Killing, are excellent resources for those in military or law enforcement who may some day have to fire on and possibly kill their fellow man. What ingrained mental processes may keep them from functioning as they need to to survive, how can they train to use their mind to the greatest advantage rather than have t [...]


    19. This book is a MUST read if you have any family members, friends or loved ones in the military. It treats the psychological aspect of what combat does to people. It discusses feelings during the episode, what happens to the physical body, what to espect, and even goes into detail on how to treat those who have been in combat or in a life and death situation. Towards the end of the book it teaches a breathing technique that can be used in any situation to calm yourself or someone else down, and d [...]


    20. Excellent book. For every sheep dog - law enforcement, military, martial artist or former military or law enforcement. Anyone who is interested in being a force for good. "On Combat" is designed to prepare the reader for "bullet proof" mind when it comes to understanding how conflict escalated saves lives. Colonel Grossman refuses interviews because the information he shares is the difference between life and death. Mistakes and misquotes in this regard can cost lives. Excellent analysis of comb [...]


    21. Awesome book, but not for you. Covers training, physiology, psychology and more related to killing. How to train those whose job it is to kill, soldiers, police etc. How the media and FPS video games train those we don't want to kill, Columbine,Jonesboro etc. How to deal with killing or its negative side effects.A must read for any warrior or anyone associated personally or professionally with one. Also excellent for first responders and others whose lives are touched by violent death. This book [...]


    22. A very good discussion on the many psychological and physiological aspects of combat. This book talks about what a warrior can expect to experience and feel in a deadly fight, how to prepare for that fight and what to do afterward to maintain your health both physically and more importantly mentally. A good read for any warrior (someone who has or may have to kill as a lawful part of their job). I can also see this book being very helpful for someone who knows a warrior and wants to better under [...]


    23. I feel this book would be interesting to anyone who is interested in psychology, is a police officer or soldier, or the wife of one. I being the latter found it very informative and allowed to to vicariously be able to know some of the things my husband goes through as a cop. I think being prepared mentally is important, and this book is excellent mental preparation for anyone looking to get into a profession that may lead to a dangerous encounter.


    24. As a writer who writes a lot of action and combat, I should have read this book years ago. The chapters about physiological effects of combat are fascinating, as are the numerous anecdotes from soldiers and police officers about their experiences. I recommend this book for anyone who puts himself or herself in harm's way, soldiers, law enforcement, security personnel. And I also recommend it for anyone who wants to know what it's really like to put oneself in mortal danger.


    25. Col. Grossman’s is one of the most knowledgeable experts on why people kill. His expertise ranges from his own experiences as a special operations warrior to having trained thousands of military and law enforcement personnel. One element that sets him apart from many other experts is his ability to write on the topic in a manner anyone can comprehend. For those interested in understanding what it takes to “confront the wolf,” I highly recommend this book.


    26. This books explores the way that dealing with combat and violence affects soldiers, police officers, and others forced into the situation. It takes an in depth look at the training practices used today and used historically to prepare young recruits mentally for the psychological hardships that they are likely to encounter. I would say that this is a must read for all Junior NCO's and up in the military.


    27. Great stuff written by the guy who's seen it all. If you're a cop, a soldier, or a guard, or related to, married to, or just curious about any of them and the dramatic lives they lead, then read this. If you're a protector of any sort (aren't we all?), read this. If you're busy living in Condition White, assuming that bad things do happen but they won't ever happen to you, read this. It's a fascinating book. And it could save your life.


    28. In my humble opinion, this is a must read for anyone that deals with pressure situations on a daily basis. This is the follow up book to "On Killing" but Grossman's study goes deeper this time as he focuses on all combat situations, and the physical, mental, and psychological repercussions today's warriors experience. A lot of the information is repeated, but the first hand accounts that are chronicled in the book range from amazingly informative to down right haunting.


    29. This book is fantastic for understanding more about what soldiers/cops/Marines go through physiologically and psychologically before, during, and after battle. It covers common stressors, vulnerabilities, the warrior attitude, and the importance of training on performance - all using real-life examples that make this an interesting read.


    30. A must, must have for anyone who thinks they have an opinion about combat or war. Regardless of your opinion this book is an informative study that has nigh been touched on before. Compelling perspectives and analysis of how we train people to kill, from police officer to soldier, and how they must learn to live after receiving that training.


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