We recently came across an article discussing whether you are a Sheep or Sheepdog? This struck our interest as it falls inline with the unfortunate mass tragedies we are witnessing in our society today. They stated “people can be broken into three groups: sheep, sheepdogs, and wolves. Wolves are the bad guys of the world, the evil sociopaths who seek to harm and exploit others. Sheepdogs are the guardians and protectors of society, those that aren’t afraid to stand up for right, even when it means going against the crowd, and have the courage to face danger and save others.” In the middle somewhere are the sheep, those who want to follow, listen, but who can have a tendency to freeze up in dangerous situations. Having “sheepish” behavior isn’t necessarily a bad thing however, knowing where your weaknesses are and understanding how to handle those in an unfavorable situation can mean saving your life and those around you.
These personality traits are built in and as we grow into adulthood and determine our life path we subconsciously pick a career or path that allow us to see out our inner abilities. We know what we are comfortable with and what we can handle. This is how our society of first responders and “protectors” are formed. They have it in them, they know how to take charge in a situation and guide those around them to safety. What’s important to acknowledge is where you stand in a dangerous situation and act responsibility. If you know you are a sheep, then listen and be prepared to follow the sheepdogs who are ready to take action. If you know you are destine to be a sheepdog it’s equally important to ensure you have proper training and education in your field of study.
“Everyone thinks they’re statistically better than average in a variety of areas, even though this is an impossibility. It’s so easy to believe we would have spoken up and done the right thing and saved lives when we’re looking at a scenario on paper, and a whole other thing to rise to the challenge in the heat of the moment. In truth, no one knows exactly how they will react in crisis situations, and we’re almost all somewhere on the sheep-sheepdog spectrum rather than being fully one or the other. No man will respond perfectly in every single type of situation, and a true sheepdog has the humility to understand this. The best you can do is commit yourself to training and preparing your physical, ethical, and mental abilities to their fullest extent, so that when you do face a crisis, you give yourself the best possible chance to be a sheepdog instead of a sheep, to lead with skill, wisdom, and honor rather than blindly following.”
At BSR we are equipped to train the men and women who have taken that step to put others lives before theirs. We work hard to instill that instinct to stop, think it through, then react appropriately for each scenario. Our every day society consists more of sheep than sheepdogs and that’s our “normal” and that’s ok. What we need to do is see it, accept it, and hope those that are meant to guide us through hard times are ready for the commitment.
- We’re Affected by the Normalcy Bias
- We’re Influenced by the Bystander Effect
- We Overestimate Our Ability to Thrive in Dangerous Situations
- We Have a Tendency to Conform
- We Operate from a Herd Mentality
- We Depend on Authority Figures to Make Decisions
- We Don’t Know How to Handle Stress
- We’re Not in Shape