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When you begin to feel like you are a tough guy, a warrior, a master of the martial arts or that you have lived a tough life, just take a moment and get some perspective with the following:

I've stopped knives that were coming to disembowel me

I've clawed for my gun while bullets ripped past me

I've dodged as someone tried to put an ax in my skull

I've fought screaming steel and left rubber on the road to avoid death

I've clawed broken glass out of my body after their opening attack failed

I've spit blood and body parts and broke strangle holds before gouging eyes

I've charged into fires, fought through blizzards and run from tornados

I've survived being hunted by gangs, killers and contract killers

The streets were my home, I hunted in the night and was hunted in turn

Please don't brag to me that you're a survivor because someone hit you. And don't tell me how 'tough' you are because of your training. As much as I've been through I know people who have survived much, much worse. - Marc MacYoung


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We must accept the truth if we are to act/react to an assault/attack. We can and do accept that the monkey dance fight or school yard scuffle will not end in major injuries or death - mostly as there are always exceptions to anything. In the Anti-social driven predatory attacks if we don't accept the truth of who these folks are and the fact that in order to do what they do tend to be a bit different than us we are going to freeze and we are going to get hurt.

Question I am asking myself, is this true - mostly - partly?

Lets face it, predators and such criminals have different traits the drive what, how and who they do things to. The psychological make up of such persons may provide the validation and ? that allow us to accept them and what they can do so we may act accordingly. Maybe this type of knowledge is how we so called "normal folk" can "other" the predator so we can take the necessary actions to remain alive and free.

I got to thinking that to justify and validate why reasoning, etc. will not work when confronting predatory assaults I needed a layer of understanding as to why they do it vs. just knowing that they do it. Are these guys a level of psychopathic personalities? There are twenty such traits that are used in certain area's of professionals but any set of those traits may be present in the person who lives as a predator.

Maybe how far a predator goes in doing their "job" may also be governed by the traits they have assuming that this list is accurate and validated to be true and effective in identification. We should then, if so, accept them so we can train/practice accordingly before confronting one.

I am not sure this is true or even relevant to self-protection by understanding not only the why a person is one but the how to recognize one when confronted. I am fishing on this one. If you know comment.

Another question, if this list of traits is true regarding predators then can a person who does not have any of these traits become a predator and remain free of them?


SueC said...

Hi Charles, what are the 'traits' that you talk about, can you list them?

Charles James said...

Hi, Sue: Those traits are provided in the book "Facing Violence" are are such better read in their content.

If you seek out a sociopath or psychopath traits you will then find comparisons.

SueC said...

My copy of the book arrived today - I'll look forward to reading it for myself ;-)

Charles James said...

Sue, did you get "Meditations on Violence" as well?