Monday, July 11, 2016

Revisiting the Rodney King incident

One response is what he calls “survival euphoria” — the feeling of euphoria experienced after a life-or-death event, like an intense firefight. “It’s the body’s natural response: I’m alive. It’s the satisfaction of hitting the target like you’ve been trained to do under the stress of combat. You stopped a deadly threat. You saved your own life. You saved other lives. It’s okay to feel really good about it.”

Remember those sick radio calls the cops made after the King beating?  This is what they were under the influence of - target fixation and survival euphoria.  To an outsider it would look like rage or callous indifference.  

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