The Mentality of the Prepper



Much have been said over the web about the mind of the prepper and the survivalist. There are good things and there are bad things. Just like other interest groups and subcultures in the country, we have our own share of good publicity as well as those that do not make us feel so good about ourselves. It is unfortunate that a popular form of mass media has taken our group as a subject and has been putting a bad light on our beliefs and every prepper in general.

The Psychology of the Prepper

So there are some burning questions that need to be answered. Let the buck stop here. The answer should be direct and as concrete and objective as possible.

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Do You Have A Prepper Mentality?

It was just another day… then disaster strikes. We are all settled into a day-to-day routine of work, home and play. Does not panic set in?

Not for us. Why? We are preppers. We live by this Preppers doctrine:

Because you never know when the day before… is the day before. Prepare for tomorrow.

Do you have a Preppers mentality? As I sat down to write this article about Preppers Mentality, I thought I would Google the subject to see what else has been written. As is true for most of you, Google begins to auto-populate results as you type in the letters in the search box. Where am I going with this, you ask?

p-r-e-p-p-e-r-s m-e-n-t

and here come the results:

preppers mental illness, preppers mental health, preppers mental disorder

Gee, is this the most common search terms related to Preppers Mentality? Are we all crazy? Most people’s perceptions are developed through the news media, television and movies. Most mainstream media reports about Preppers are negative. There are several responsible journalists that portray Preppers in a positive light, when they can. When people think television, they think “Doomsday Preppers”. Love the show, but most times I don’t think that National Geographic does the Prepper community any favors.

Do we care? We shouldn’t, but it’s hard not to get butt hurt when you are constantly vilified or portrayed as “crazy”.

But none of that is important to the issue of being mentally prepared to be a Prepper. Prepping is a mindset, a lifestyle. Getting your head in the right place. The Prepper mentality requires decision-making. Are you a committed prepper in a full-time prepper mindset or are you more concerned with self-sufficiency and simply see being a prepper as a part of becoming more independent? Are you interested in being self-reliant and to what degree?

via Do You Have A Prepper Mentality | Prepper.


First, are we going to accept the assessment from any author or writer from a popular website or blog and take it as fact? This can also be rephrased: Are online forums, social media, and people's opinions enough to give anyone a general idea on who and what we are?

No. For something to be accepted as fact, it has to be proven and tested by qualified professionals. This means that all the preppers in the country (and the rest of the world if possible) have to be brought under the microscope. Every single one must take a standardized test. The results will be collected and put together to come up with a general idea of the personality of a prepper. Then and only then can we accept whatever they find. Basically, the labels that others put on preppers are just opinions, which can either be right or wrong.

FInally, what really is the psychological profile of a prepper? No one knows. It will take a lot of research and no one has done any study that used a qualified, representative sample. Just like other groups, there are a small number of extremists who can give us all a bad reputation and that is not reason enough to label every prepper as neurotic. After all, most of us live normal lives, we enjoy our families and do our jobs.

Do you agree? How would you assess your own personality as a prepper? Feel free to leave a comment.

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  1. Mic Roland

    December 27, 2017 at 6:55 AM

    The mainstream media don’t do Preppers any favors. “Doomsday Preppers” is the MSM’s equivalent to the old carnival freak show — with all the same respect and self-congratulations.

    The Prepper Mindset includes MacGyverism — seeing solutions, not just problems.

  2. BJ

    December 27, 2017 at 9:29 AM

    My friends think I am crazy but who will be running around like a crazy person when SHTF? Not me

  3. Chaya

    May 23, 2018 at 9:49 AM

    As in any population, there are perceived “norms’ that stereotype peepers. And a wide spectrum actually exists. We are pretty ‘normal’ going to work every day, paying our bills, etc. however, we are also preparing for hard times. I view it similarly to my grandparents and put stuff aside for emergencies. Our stock pile may be a bit larger than theirs was, but they lived through the Great Depression. The lessons they taught us were from real experience.

    Are we a nutty fringe element as portrayed by some? We don’t think so. What we are doing just makes good sense for us. Snow storm? Power outages? Flu epidemic? No panic needed at our house.

    • Anonymous

      May 24, 2018 at 3:14 AM

      Overall we are far too soft and unskilled, to be really self-sufficient one needs to learn the ways of our ancestry, as well as the indigenous people, like the American Indians. If anyone survives WW III, the next war may well be with sticks and stones, bows, spears and clubs. As a whole, we never seem to learn to love our neighbor as ourselves.

      How long do you think your stores will last before you have to live off the land and by your wits?

      History has shown that people you think of as being decent folks soon turn into animals when they are starving.

  4. Chaya

    May 23, 2018 at 9:51 AM

    Preppers not peepers. Gotta love spell correct!

  5. Arco

    May 23, 2018 at 5:14 PM

    As usual the Slave Masters love to mess around with peoples heads and make them see good as bad and bad as good…
    The Elites themselves have planned the manipulation of society which led toward this massive migration from the self-sufficient countryside family farms and villages to everyone living packet like cattle in a slave prison vampire city…which in turn lead to this unsustainable lifestyles and systems which are now without surprise to the informed person on the verge of a massive collapse.
    So of course people becoming self-sufficient again and being Crisis proof is no good for business when your business is creating a crisis by design to instal your dictatorship (New World Order)once most of the population is gone and the remnant are scared, desperate and weakened…
    Aswell than to convince the ignorant masses than “preppers” are just crazy paranoid weirdos they recently defined Non-Conformism and Free-Thinking as Mental illness according to their New manual of Diagnosis for metal conditions….
    I think that says it all about what those people want you to be…a good little dependable slave as dumb and hopeless than possible ready to serve their new world empire.

  6. Abraham

    September 14, 2019 at 10:59 AM

    The world elite who control all the media in the world don’t want us to prepare for the time the SHTF. IT’S NO LONGER A MATTER OF IF, IT’S WHEN AND HOW SOON. There are trains underground that run the length of the entire country and work on a new system of vacuum rather than the electromagnetic manner in which these trains could travel at 320 mph. With the newer vacuum systems, stains can travel underground at over 600 mph. Washington DC politicians have been preparing underground bunkers just outside DC in the mountains of MD, WVA, VA and PA. That is the only location the govt admits to having.


    THE ELITE DON’T WANT US TO FLOURISH ON THE SURFACE AFTER THEY DESTROY OUR ELECTRICAL GRID, WATER PURIFICATION SYSTEMS, GAS LINES AND OTHER MODERN NECESSITIES. They are looking for us to war with one another rather than come together and rebuild the society we have today. There have been no less than 5000 patents on energy inventions that would make all fossil fuels needless.
    In the 70’s, a person invented a way for a large car to run 200 miles on a single gallon of gas. He was forced to sell his designs and later was killed under very suspicious circumstances. A few years ago, a guy built an engine that ran on water only. He too turned up dead and the plans were taken for NATIONAL SECURITY REASONS. EACH time a person creates basically free energy like the the great inventor Tesla, the plans have been squashed for National security reasons.
    The real reasons are so that a small number of people could become extremely rich and rule the rest of us. With Free fuel to run our homes, vehicles and everything else, we would eventually not require these so-called leaders and that is really what it’s all about.
    Do you really think ET is not real and we don’t have similar technology by re-engineering downed ET craft?
    Where do you think technology came overnight to silicon valley? Or fiber optic technology which bends light and can carry infinite amounts of data, signals and even energy? Microchips were invented, they were copied and re-engineered.
    Don’t believe me? Just open your eyes. It won’t be long until the governments of the world can no longer keep a lid on the FACT, WE are not alone in this solar system, galaxy or Universe. If you understand mathematics just think about this. Until 1987, we thought that there was only one galaxy, the Milky way. Now we know there are an infinite numbers of galaxies. Each Galaxy has 100’s of millions of stars like our sun with planets and moons orbiting each star.
    Since we have no idea how large our universe is or if there are other universes or if other dementions exist besides the 4 that we know exist.
    Scientists and mathematics believe there are no less than 8 dementions and recent tests show there is particles much smaller than the atom. Time travel is not science fiction but has been both proven in math but will soon be a reality.

    We have been visited by intelligence life many times over the course of human evolution. Simply watch ancient Aliens and try to deny everything that was written all over the world by our ancestors. Today, Gov’t call It folklore. Why would societies all around the world describe the same thing occurring all over the world at approximately the same time.

    With our current knowledge of build trades we could not replicate the pyramids. Using supposed wood rollers is a complete myth. The size of the stones are too great to have used rope and wood even with thousands of human beings to help lift those stones. The time and distance in which they traveled is far too great even with today’s technology to rebuild any of the past pyramids. The exact nature of the stone cutting could only have been done so precisely that laser technology greater than anything we have today must have been used.

    Keep prepping and keep your eyes to the skies. We are very close to meeting ET if the deep-state or the powers that be would simply tell us what the actual reality about other life is and how we can work together peacefully.

    I am Christian and believe in Jesus Christ and God but we may find out that our creator was actually an ET who changed our DNA and made us the intelligent beings we are today. That does not rule out Buddism, Christianity or other religions but would require a new way of thinking. I would be very interested in beings from other worlds take on God, life and death and other spiritual things. I believe we would find that they too believe in a soul and doing what is right in order to live a good life after death of our bodies.

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