A Few Words About Stressby DA Caravella on 09/20/19
Without some level of stress--the body's reaction to any change that requires an adjustment or response--we die. When there is stress beyond the body's capability to cope, we die. So, somewhere in the middle is optimum. Yet that middle point, especially psychologically, is different for each of us mostly because of our experience.
Since the subject here is defense with a firearm, consider that the person with little ability with a firearm (most people who own one) is likely in a stress-overload state when in a situation using a firearm for defense. What is the likelihood that decisions and actions will be appropriate and lead to survival? 50/50? Less?
Now consider a well-trained and capable person in a situation using a firearm for defense. Certainly there exists stress, but the chance of maintaining eustress--the very top of the bell curve--is good. Decisions and actions are more likely to be appropriate and lead to survival.
Firearm defense training is emergency training and not simply normal-procedures training. Would you like to take your next airline flight with a crew that received no emergency training? Of course not. Their actions would likely not be appropriate and be those that lead to survival.