Ingenuity, tenacity, adaptability, creativity, acceptance, dark humor, courage, faith, knowledge and patriotism are all essential traits of a survivalist. Ingenuity is taking advantage of the environment and having the strength of will to endure even when hope has failed. Adaptability is the ability to change with changing events, situations and environments. Creativity is the ability to devise ingenious solutions to problems.
Acceptance is recognizing reality and understanding that it can't be changed right now. Dark humor is a grim sense of comedy used as a weapon and shield. Courage is conquering fear and faith is having optimism in difficult situations. Knowledge and wisdom are essential for understanding an overall situation and creating a self-managed learning plan.
Patriotism is being community-oriented and taking responsibility for one's mind, body and soul. The propensity to cooperate in the service of human survival is primarily a social process rather than an individual one.