Dr Sarita Robinson is Deputy Head of the School of Psychology and Computer Science at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Sarita is one of the world’s leading academic researcher in area of survival psychology and so is often referred to as Doctor Survival. Survival psychology focuses on how people respond in disaster situations – everything from a terrorist attack to a ship sinking.
Sarita has spent over 15 years researching people’s reactions to disasters. She focuses on trying to work out why some people are more likely to survive than others in emergency situations (and what we can do to improve our chances of survival).
Sarita is keen not to rely on dusty books to inform her academic research and so has undertaken some hands-on survival training. This means Sarita has had some hair-raising adventures, including completing training in Helicopter Underwater Escape, Fire-Fighting and Coastal Survival.
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What Dr. Sarita Robinson does
What her childhood years were like
Being the daughter of 2 mental health nurses
Struggling throughout her school years and feeling left behind
Being diagnosed at 17 with dyslexia
Enjoying the more individual sports
Developing her own coping strategies
Doing Psychology as an A’Level
Going onto university
Being inspired by The Poseidon Adventure Movie
Why some people are more likely to survive than others
The importance of having an optimistic outlook
Fight - Flight - Freeze - How we respond to threats
Being in a survival situation
Spending 5 years on her PHD on Survival Psychology
Being in a hotel fire in Turkey
Needing to keep your brain in a good place - especially in longer term survival situations
CPU - Central Processing Unit of the brain
Why people do unusual things during a life threatening situation
Why the brain falls back on pre-learned behaviours
Training for emergency situations
The power of prepping and preparing for emergencies
Why trainings is important - “skills & drills”
How training boosts your confidence and in turn your optimism
The power of “What If”
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Post Traumatic Growth (PTG)
Practical steps to building resilience
The importance of building your body - exercise, sleep, hydration, nutrition
The connection between the body and the mind
Enhancing your optimistic thinking
Moving away from learned helplessness
The power of social support and social networks
What toxic positivity is and devaluating what someone else is going through
The poison of resilience and why resilience is not always the answer
Why the resilient thing ca n be to walk away
Coping with the pandemic and how 2020 was
Dr John Leach - Senior Research Fellow in survival psychology. Book: Survival Psychology (1994)
Is there a difference between men/women gender (social construct) / sex (biological) in survival
Why more girls and women died during the Boxing Day 2004 tsunami
Why preparation is everything