Your instincts are a good warning sign! The secret is to not ignore them, how many times have you heard someone say “I had a bad feeling about walking past that suspicious looking guy” but they did anyway, and got attacked? So that proves they were aware of possible danger, but ignored it and carried on regardless. The bottom line is, we all have a built in warning system…our instincts, and If your instincts are warning you it’s probably for a good reason!
It can happen where a potential attacker is all about looking tough and really doesn’t intend taking it any further, this is where your own body language can swing things one way or the other. It`s possible that by staying calm the situation may fizzle out before anything bad happens, but on the other hand if you immediately act aggressively then things could escalate pretty quickly. Always be prepared for an attack but don’t be the one that takes it to a physical level.
It`s ok to avoid a fight
There is nothing cowardly about avoiding a fight if at all possible, actually it makes sense to avoid unnecessary conflict. After all, you cannot get hurt or injured from a fight that never happened, but many times peoples egos will get in the way of this and they’ll see avoiding a fight as a sign of weakness and because of this they’ll fight when they don’t have to and possibly get injured. It`s just not worth it, sometimes you have to fight, but make sure its only as a last resort.
Deterrence. This stand can take one of two forms, which are best described as deterrence and de-escalation. Deterrence is quite a bold response, even though it doesn’t have to be aggressive or rude, basically you’re making a bold statement saying enough is enough! The only problem with this being if you’re not a match physically for the potential attacker it could be like waving a red flag to a bull leading to an escalation of the situation so think twice before using this approach as it might not work in your favor.
De-Escalation. This is just the opposite approach, you are trying to appeal to his good nature, assuming he has one that is. Instead of making a bold response you try to calm things down or make an excuse for why you are backing off, this might mean you are apologizing for something you haven’t even done in the first place! But if it ends the possible threat then take that to be a victory. De-Escalation can be a good strategy as it allows the potential attacker to go on his way believing he made you stand down in fear of him. However, many confrontations are fueled by nothing more than over inflated egos so this strategy could backfire on you by pushing him down onto a position in which his ego forces him to attack you. Think wisely before using either of these two strategies.
If your instincts are warning you it’s for a good reason!
Quite often, you might encounter a gang of teenagers hanging out on the street corner at night who are doing just that; hanging out and don’t intend anyone any harm, but if you feel uneasy about walking past them then don’t, seek another route to take. It is very easy to tell if someone could be trouble by their demeanor and attitude, if your instincts are warning you it’s for a good reason, don’t hang around if you feel threatened, if it’s at all possible to leave before any confrontation can happen, then it’s best to do exactly that. Get away safely.
Always be scanning your horizon for possible dangers. Think ahead, be one step ahead of any possible danger and always take note of someone’s body language. Why walk past a gang or group pf people anyway? If the situation turned bad you are already hopelessly outnumbered, so don’t even take that chance. Think wisely before you act and remember, Your instincts are a good warning sign!
If someone is approaching you looking for trouble for whatever purpose, you cannot always predict what the potential attacker is looking for, but again watch their body language, if they’re staring at you continually as they approach you be on your guard, as this is not a good sign or if they have their hands in their pockets, be aware! they could quite possibly pull out a knife or even a gun!
Even the aggressors who just want to hit someone for no good reason are looking to get their joy at minimal cost to themselves, if you appear confident they will most likely see you as a bigger threat to them than they are to you and move on to the next person hoping they will provide an easier target. Similar actions to that of a bully who we know are nothing more than cowards. Better still, avoid being in situations where you might have to fight off an attacker.
Your instincts are a good warning sign! Did your instincts warn you of a possible attack? Did you put yourself in a situation where you had to fight someone off by ignoring your instincts of danger? Do you think you could have avoided the situation if you had been thinking wisely and listening to your instincts first? Sometimes fighting back is the only option, but at times it can be avoided too. Learn to really pay attention to your instincts, they could save your life!