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ConflictHow Soldiers Make Impossible Descisions$
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Neil D. Shortland, Laurence J. Alison, and Joseph M. Moran

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190623449

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190623449.001.0001

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How Do Soldiers Do What They Do and What Can We Learn from It?

How Do Soldiers Do What They Do and What Can We Learn from It?

(p.175) 10 How Do Soldiers Do What They Do and What Can We Learn from It?

Neil D. Shortland

Laurence J. Alison

Joseph M. Moran

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews the psychology of making decisions in a conflict environment. Furthermore, it examines the reality that in many cases, a good decision can often still result in an adverse outcome. Finally, the chapter discusses how the changing character of conflict and how the insights gleaned from this book can be integrated into future training to help develop soldiers who are better able to handle situations they face in which there really are no good outcomes. Specifically, it focuses on the fact that soldiers often seem to outperform their non-military counterparts in navigating fraught psychological terrain with ease and conviction, proving decisive where others might falter.

Keywords:   civilians, soldiers, emergency management, inertia, decision-making

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