A career in policing leads to some psychological side effects that fundamentally alter the reality of law enforcement officers in surprising and scary ways.
My recent interest in exploring the unique psychological components of policing and what they infer about the thoughts and actions of police officers has led me down some pretty interesting territory.
In ‘Every LEO Needs to Read This: Advice from A Police Psychologist‘ I discussed how heavy a toll hypervigilance plays on an officers mental health and personal life.
The follow up to that article went more into hypervigilance, and how it makes law enforcement officers more prone to hallucinations, was ‘The Scientific Reason Cops Are Highly Vulnerable to Experiencing Hallucinations‘.
Then in my last entry I wrote ‘The Reason Why Police Experience So Many Paranormal Encounters‘ which discusses how their unreliable perceptions make them far more likely to report paranormal experiences than regular people.
This will all make much more sense to you if you check those out before continuing on.
After writing these a found another wonderful article that was expressing those things I had been curating and talking about. The article is ‘Even Scientists Act Superstitious at Sea‘ by Erica Cirino at Nautilus. (excerpts only below)
It turns out that if what you do is really risky and dangerous, or involves lots of uncertainty, then you’re more likely to hold and practice superstitions. It’s not just sailing. Gambling, Wall Street trading, and baseball are just a few more examples. A hitter on a hot streak may refuse to wash his uniform or undergarments as long as he keeps getting on base, while some players name their bats to raise their game. And pitchers avoid stepping on the foul line when they come on or off the field. October is supposed to be an unlucky month for stock markets, a superstition that has stuck since the early 1900s…
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