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I. The Physiology of Combat: The Anatomy of the Human Body in Battle
1. Combat: The Universal Human Phobia
2. The Harsh Reality of Combat: What You Don't Hear at the VFW
3. Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous System: The Body's Combat and Maintenance Troops
4. Fear, Physiological Arousal and Performance: Conditions White, Yellow, Red, Gray and Black
II. Perceptual Distortions in Combat: An Altered State of Consciousness
1. The Eyes and the Ears: Auditory Exclusion, Intensified Sound, and Tunnel Vision
2. Autopilot: "You Honestly Don't Know You're Doing It"
3. A Grab Bag of Effects: Visual Clarity, Slow Motion Time, Temporary Paralysis, Memory Loss, Dissociation and Intrusive Thoughts
4. Memory Loss, Memory Distortions, and the Role of Videotaping: You Are Absolutely Convinced It Happened
5. The Klinger Study: A Parallel Study in Perceptual Distortions
III. The Call to Combat: Where Do We Get Such Men?
1. Killing Machines: The Impact of a Handful of True Warriors
2. Stress Inoculation and Fear: Practicing to be Miserable
3. Sucking Up Bullets and Continuing to Fight: You've Never Lived Until You've Almost Died
4. Making the Decision to Kill: "I Killed Someone But Someone Lived"
5. Modern Paladins Bearing the Shield: "Go Tell the Spartans..."
6. The Evolution of Combat: The Physical and Psychological Leverage that Enables Killing, in War and Peace
7. The Evolution of Combat and Domestic Violent Crime
IV. The Price of Combat: After the Smoke Clears
1. Relief, Self-Blame and Other Emotions: "My World was Turned Inside Out."
2. Stress, Uncertainty, and the "Four Fs": Forwarned is Forearmed
3. PTSD: Reexperiencing the Event, and Fleeing from the Puppy
4. A Time to Heal: The Role of Critical Incident Debriefings in Preventing PTSD
5. Tactical Breathing and the Mechanics of the Debriefing: Separating the Memory from the Emotions
6. What to Say to a Returning Veteran, and What to Say to a Survivor
7. Thou Shalt Not Kill? The Judeo/Christian View of Killing
8. Survivor Guilt: Life not Death, and Justice not Vengeance