June 14, 2013 Self Defence How Do We Respond In A Crisis

Do you think about how you might respond during a potential attack, you probably wonder whether or not you’ll panic, during an extremely stressful situation, like a violent attack?

When in imminent danger the brain and your body will automatically start the self defence process.In the decisive moment or action/reaction phase, many find themselves experiencing symptoms of paralysis, in which they freeze or become frozen or numb. The feeling is one commonly reported by rape victims.

Regardless of the scenario, with a little bit of preparation, you can determine your weak spots and know how to compensate for them should a crisis situation arise.

Among some of the traits that help a person deal with a crisis is a strong sense of confidence. People who perceive a sense of control of their behavior in their daily lives, rather than believing they’re controlled by others, or by fate have been shown to be more likely to get through a crisis situation. Optimists also tend to fare better in crises than pessimists, possibly because they have more flexible personalities and can adapt better to change.

People with neurotic personalities or pre-existing mental health problems and those with limited social support don’t cope as well with stress, especially the traumatic kind.

How To Cope

Experts say if you’re worried about how you might hold up in the event of a disaster you may be able to better psychologically prepare yourself.

The way to do this is getting acquainted with the different stages of the conflict process. Pre-Conflict, effective pre-conflict efforts could very well prevent conflict altogether and the term “pre-conflict” must not suggest that conflict is inevitable outcome. The conflict stage if combat becomes inevitable, adequate and appropriate post-conflict plans must follow directly after, which involves preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation.

By learning about what they involve, you can give yourself some knowledge to form a self defence plan to fall back on in times of crisis and duress.

In terms of self defence survival, the people who are prepared, who have learned to think optimistically, who’ve built a mental resilience those are the people who will definitely survive.


Written by Sam Markey



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