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Judging People On Their Behavior Situational Awareness Drill: Simple Way To Improve Your Personal Protection and Prevent Violence

The Judging People On Their Behavior Situational Awareness Drill


Situational awareness (SA) is the ability to be aware of your surroundings and the potential dangers that may be present. It is an essential skill for personal self-defense as it allows you to identify and avoid potential threats before they escalate.

Judging People On Their Behavior Situational Awareness Drill: Simple Way To Improve Your Personal Protection and Prevent Violence
Judging People On Their Behavior Situational Awareness Drill: Simple Way To Improve Your Personal Protection and Prevent Violence

In the context of personal self-defense, situational awareness involves being alert to your surroundings and the people around you, and being able to quickly assess and respond to any potential threats.


This can include being aware of your environment, such as the lighting, the layout of the area, and any potential hiding places for an attacker. It also involves being aware of the behavior of the people around you, such as their body language, tone of voice, and any suspicious behavior.


By being aware of your surroundings and the potential dangers that may be present, you can take steps to avoid or mitigate those dangers. This can include changing your route, avoiding certain areas, or taking other precautions to protect yourself.


Heuristics in Situational Awareness: Preventing Violence and Enhance Self-Defense

This article will provide you with a simple yet effective 5-minute drill to develop and improve your situational awareness skills, focusing on behavior and pattern recognition. By practicing this drill regularly, you will be able to spot anomalies in crowds and read people more effectively.


Step 1: Take a Deep Breath and Clear Your Mind

Before you start the drill, take a deep breath and clear your mind of any judgments or preconceived notions. This will help you approach the situation with a fresh perspective and better focus on the task at hand.


Step 2: Scan the People Closest to You

Start scanning the people closest to you and answer the following three questions:


  1. What are their hands doing? Are they in pockets, both visible, or holding something? This will help you get used to clearing hands when you're out in public.

  2. Where is their attention? What or who are they looking at? Do they look like they know where they are going? Is their attention on you?

  3. Nervous energy. Are they fidgeting, looking nervous, red in the face, or breathing hard? Do they look away quickly to avoid eye contact?


Step 3: Practice Regularly

This simple drill can be practiced in any public space, such as a shopping mall, train station, or a busy street. By practicing this drill regularly, you will build real pattern recognition of behaviors that you need to pay attention to.


Common Myths About Situational Awareness

These 3 myths about awareness might mislead you if you're not cautious. By dispelling these myths, you can adjust your mindset and enhance your awareness abilities.


Myth 1: SA is exhausting paranoia. Incorrect. Real SA involves relaxed awareness by utilizing your subconscious. It doesn't involve draining your attention while searching for threats in every corner.


Myth 2: SA is a talent that can only be learned by going through violent events and surviving them. False. SA is a trainable skill. With practice, anyone can attain a high level of cunning. Exposure to violence does build awareness, but it's not the only way.


Myth 3: SA is about memorizing complex techniques. No way. Real SA involves simple pattern recognition of universal human behaviors. No playbook is needed. Your unconscious mind is already doing it, just pay attention to what people are communicating to you.


SA is a gift we all possess. Your survival instincts are a throwback from when we were being chased by apex predators, but it’s not as active as it used to be. You just have to sharpen it through repetition. Like building muscle.


Your unconscious brain is already doing it You just have to train your conscious brain to pick up on the specific indicators your unconscious is seeing.


Expert SA means reading people and contexts every time you walk out of your house This is how you build “muscle memory".


Actionable SA relies on emotional intelligence - empathy, relatability, humility. Not analytic detachment. Connecting with people reveals safety cues. Situational awareness is a joy and an art, not a chore. Keep your practice of it fun, creative, and spontaneous.


Situational awareness is a crucial skill that can help you stay safe and protect yourself from potential threats and violence. By following the simple steps outlined in this article and practicing the drill regularly, you will develop and improve your situational awareness skills, enabling you to better read people and spot anomalies in crowds. Remember to stay vigilant, and always trust your instincts when it comes to your safety.


Violence Prevention and Self Defense Resources

The Center for Violence Prevention and Self Defense (CVPSD) is a non profit 501(C)(3) with a mission to stop violence by educating at-risk people and empower them with the skills needed to protect themselves by providing online and live training. 


Through workshops and seminars we educate participants about violence prevention and guide them on assessing risk factors while establishing boundaries in relationships. Additionally practical self defense classes equip people with hands on skills and effective strategies to prevent and intervene in cases of assault. CVPSD reaches individuals and communities through partnerships with schools and other nonprofits, community groups, as well as classes for the public.

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