2012 - The Psychology of Living Underground - Community, Social Interaction & Quality of Life

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Community Social Interaction After a natural disaster, and while living underground in a survival mode, successful social interaction can be achieved by putting together a plan that recognizes the need to address any issues that may arise during daily activities.
In many instances, the perception that capable management has been put in place can go a long way in building a level of confidence that provides peace of mind.
It is this level of confidence that supports such successful social interaction, which level is promoted and supported by unquestionable evidence that someone has done the organizational thinking and put in place a strategy and tactical plans and can execute them methodically in times of need.
Any strategy for survival through social interaction should start with a management team, a team in control when someone calls a subterranean 911.
One can envision a team made of the following 1st response members: - Site Coordinator (Assistant Site Coordinator) - Equipment Manager - Signage Manager - Notification Manager - Field Manager (Assistant Managers) - Social worker (overseer-psychologist) - Health care provider Important consideration should be given towards the fact that, when living underground in a space-limiting facility people interact in groups, hence they can very easily become "victims of group-thinking".
In such cases they follow the group and the group's mentality, which can be both beneficial and/or detrimental towards finding reasonable solutions to complex problems.
An important factor in addressing group-like issues is recognizing that every effort consumes energy, hence energy has to be channeled wisely in activities that benefit the mind and body.
Hence issues, such as general fatigue, insomnia, etc.
, may be successfully 'treated" with regularly programmed exercises, work-chores, etc.
Video games, books, conferences, talks, can be additional activities to maintain one's mental and physical stability.
Issues of mild-to-severe health conditions, such as headaches, cardiac arrest, etc.
, need to be addressed by health care professionals (or 1st aid trained personnel), hence the need to provide assurance (confidence) by including the appropriate mix of expertise in every underground facility.
Quality of Life Balance Quality of life scales have been widely developed and are currently used in the medical field to support the clinical benefit of medicines.
In general, they are scales (questionnaires) that measure physical and mental components of human interaction/response, which response has been induced by a chemical input, such as a drug.
In the case of living underground, the chemical precursor (input) is the environment itself, the limited space, the lack of sunlight and all the things a human being is accustomed to during normal daily living.
There is no doubt that proper calorimetric energy intake is a necessary ingredient to achieve a balanced quality of life level.
Proper nutrition will supply/substitute the energy consumed during the above mentioned regularly scheduled exercises and other activities.
The basic idea is to attempt to reproduce one's activities above ground, underground, to the nearest possible level, and do it safely within the given confined space.
It is highly recommended that a medical provider is expected to be present in every underground facility (bunker), and would be consulted in order to achieve the appropriate energy intake/consumption; at the same time, quality of life scales can be utilized to ensure the proper physical and mental balance is maintained consistently through out the stay.
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