Jeff Mong, Instructor
Keep your head on a swivel and pay attention.
As I work in my security field, I see many people who just aren't paying attention to their surroundings. Too many people staring at their phones. No wonder so many people are getting mugged and attacked these days. They are just making it easier for the criminals, then have the nerve to act surprised when something bad happens to them. Ever watch animals right before they fight? There’s some posturing and some staring down then they pounce on each other. Sharks before they attack hunch their back. People are the same way. Often you can see a fight coming. To prevent a confrontation there are some signs that can help better to see it coming. The Cooper’s Color Code when followed, heightens your awareness and allows you to see potential threats to your safety ahead of time, the more knowledge you have in reading the other person the greater your chances are of threat detection and avoidance.
1. The Face: The face is on one hand the most expressive body part we posses, and on the other hand, the most easily manipulated. Experts are able to meticulously control their facial expressions so as to be unreadable while amateurs will crack nervous grins and will sport numerous facial twitches.
2. Pupil dilation: the brain signals the body to dump adrenaline into the bloodstream raising the heart rate and dilating the pupils.
3. Upper Torso: The upper torso reveals two important clues to those keen enough to observe them. The first clue is the shoulders – are the shoulders hanging naturally in a relaxed pose, or are they tight and raised?
4. Hands and Arms: hands hovering around the waistband represent a threat. At any moment, the person could produce a weapon, and so it’s important to watch the hands closely at all times. While things like balled fists are an obvious sign of aggression, keep in mind that many attacks come from the position of crossed arms, or hands in pockets.
Some other indicators are:
* Fist Clenching or Pumping
* Rapid Shallow Breathing
* Avoiding Eye Contact
Hiding the Face: An aggressor on the verge of attacking may attempt to conceal their stress and excitement by turning their head or hiding their faces. This may also be seen when an aggressor wipes his face, slicks back his hair, scratches his nose, etc...
These are just a few to be watchful for. It's not being paranoid, its being prepared. Law enforcement does it so why shouldn't we, after all we are the one's its happening to. Learn to read people. Turn it into the "Eye Spy" game and as you walk around see if you can tell who's having a great day, who's got their head in the clouds not paying attention, who's irritated etc. After a while you'll be able to read people and tell who has a crappy attitude about life, who doesn't mean you any harm and who could be a possible attacker. Keep your head on a swivel and pay attention.
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