Most people already have a go-bag or a few essential items to prepare in case of a disaster. However, if you have never done any doomsday prepping, it might be time to get some. The list below has some tips for those who are interested in this type of preparation. These can save your life if you’re forced to evacuate. This list is based on the beliefs of preppers, and may not be necessary for you.
Doomsday prepping has become a popular trend over the past few decades, and its beliefs are rooted in psychological and personality characteristics. The concept of an apocalyptic world is based on a pessimistic view of human society in the post-apocalyptic future. It also emphasizes scarcity and limited resources. People are conditioned to fear the worst, and the only way to survive is to prepare for such a scenario.
Fortunately, this trend hasn’t been limited to the US. Prepping began in the 1950s and 1960s. While most shelters built back then were fallout shelters, they weren’t designed for long-term survival. The average middle-class nuclear family, however, could survive for a short period of time. Today, people are preparing to be self-sufficient in a world where resources are diminishing and globalisation is increasing our fragility.
Prepping behaviors have some similarities to obsessive-compulsive disorders such as hoarding. People who experience hoarding symptoms will collect things they consider unnecessary, despite their low value. The extent to which these symptoms are present varies among individuals, but the behaviors are often similar. A large part of doomsday preppers’ behavior is driven by their fear of impending disasters, which may be related to a real threat.
In the early 1980s, the survivalist movement grew in popularity, spurred by the publication of How to Prosper During the Coming Bad Years by Howard Ruff and Bruce D. Clayton. These books coincided with the renewed arms race between the US and the Soviet Union. This shifted the focus away from the primarily economic and psychological concerns of the 1970s. Today, doomsday preppers have become a prominent part of society, even influencing television shows such as Alone and The Survivors.
While prepping is a largely American phenomenon, there have been growing numbers in other countries. In the US, for example, there are an estimated three million preppers. Though these estimates are unreliable, it’s nonetheless noteworthy to note that doomsday prepping has been on the rise in other national contexts. In the UK, for example, prepping activities have gained momentum post-Brexit, which inspired a more left-liberal centrist approach to the concept of prepping.
Gender and doomsday prepping are strongly associated. However, this association is significantly mediated by social learning and the interpretation of COVID-19 as a doomsday scenario. Males are also more likely to stockpile than females, especially if they are more convinced that the current pandemic is a precursor to a doomsday scenario. However, gender differences in these variables were not significant.