Situational Awareness: Spot the Threat and React Accordingly


Predator or Prey

In the wild, a predator will be looking for any sign of weakness in the herd, for an old or sick animal or an inexperienced youngster. By watching before attacking the predator will identify the weaklings and use up less energy and maximise the value of the next meal.

Equally, domestic pets follow the nature over nurture path when it comes to snatching food from an unguarded plate or occupying the space in front of the fire.

Learn that a certain type of behaviour on your part prompts a given behaviour on the part of your prey. Just like lions humans do their best to blend in, to fit in with the crowd.

When someone has something to hide they often subconsciously touch the area it’s hidden in, assuring themselves that the weapon, drugs, cash or whatever is still there.

We live in a rapidly changing world where the fair fight protocols that we grew up with no longer apply.


  • A school uniform code is a symbol of which tribe the children belong to, something that marks them as part of a group.
  • Always try and get the seat with the best view so you can maximise the area you can see.
  • Body language is something that it’s practically impossible to change on a day-to-day basis.

“All forms of situational awareness requires that you mentally establish a baseline of what is normal and what is not for the area or surroundings that you are in.”

Improve your ability to notice abnormal behaviour in groups of people, and most of those skills will stand you in good stead if you need to move fast to get out of a deteriorating situation.

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