The ability to survive in a crisis situation requires not only the availability of the necessary tools or grueling physical training. In addition to muscles, physical strength and a set of means, it is important, first of all, to have an active attitude and readiness for preventive actions.
How to survive in a crisis situation, understanding the situation, self-control, weakening the threat and offensive attitude in a crisis situation.
Most civilians living in relatively peaceful societies are passive every day. The worst thing for them is not to complete the task of the authorities by the deadline, get a fine for parking in the wrong place, or quarrel with a loved one. The ground under their feet always remains solid. Their risks come down to the disappointments of Saturday evening, when the last episode with a superhero suddenly turns out to be uninteresting or your favorite team loses.
However, as we now know, even the most modern cities are not protected from the dangers of a global conflict or the unpredictable threat caused by the actions of single people, whose closest friends and family members do not even suspect.
Survival orientation eliminates the seductive state of passivity and tunes in the possibility of any, the most undesirable events that can occur anywhere – even on a mountain peak, even in a local movie theater. This attitude is not paranoia, but a realistic view of things. And it begins with the development of a comprehensive strategy aimed at awareness and response to crises of any kind.
This means understanding the situation, self-monitoring taking into account the cultural context, knowledge of the methods of actively weakening the threat, as well as an offensive rather than defensive way of thinking..
Understanding a situation or situational awareness in a crisis situation.
Regardless of whether you travel or are in your native land, try to be as vulnerable as possible. This will help you constant attention to what is happening around you, which should become a philosophy of life. Look out from the cocoon that most people “surround” themselves with when moving from one place to another.
Look up, look down, tear yourself away from your mobile phone. Be guided by what is happening around, try to identify potential threats arising in the immediate vicinity of you in a timely manner and make quick decisions regarding how to respond to them. Set thresholds for yourself, upon reaching which you must take appropriate defensive or offensive actions.
“If a person who seems to be chasing me crosses the same side of the street that I’m walking, I’ll immediately go to some office, call 911 and ask for help from outsiders”.
Find out in advance where the exits are in crowded places. Timely identification of risks and consideration of options for responding to crisis situations allows you to act quickly and without hesitation in case of danger. If panic starts, you will immediately go to a safe place, while most other people will only think about how they should react to what is happening.
Culturally focused crisis self-control.
This option of self-control in a crisis situation helps to reduce the likelihood that you will be chosen as a potential victim. It is important how you present yourself, and how you and your behavior are perceived by a dangerous subject. Answer the question: what does your appearance say to thieves or people who commit violent crimes?
The clothes and clothes of very famous, expensive brands and catchy logos attract attention and make you a potentially attractive target. Therefore, give preference to neutral clothes and such feminine accessories. Regardless of the scenario in which events may develop, you will win if others will perceive you as the most ordinary person and in any circumstances will not pay special attention to you.
Scanning the behavior of others includes tracking your own behavior. When you travel, you need not only to abandon attempts to stand out somehow, but, on the contrary, try to merge with everyone else. Tourists and travelers are often victims of assault and other serious crimes and face fraudulent fraud only because they can be easily distinguished from local residents.
Therefore, one of the simple ways that allows you to be less different from the rest is to change your everyday appearance. Switching to an option that makes it easier to mix with the crowd.
Threat mitigation ahead of crisis.
Women who want to protect themselves from attack can start with a few very simple measures to reduce the likelihood that they will become the target of the offender. To make it harder for an attacker to grab you by the hair, collect it in a bundle, and do not wear it loose or in the “tail”. Keep in mind that a criminal can grab you by the necklace or some other piece of lace jewelry that is worn around your neck..
Wear pants. As you know, women in skirts and dresses are much more likely to be attacked. In addition, such clothing provides maximum mobility and protection possible in difficult conditions..
Offensive mood in a crisis.
When it comes to survival, the first association that this word invokes is self-defense. However, in most crisis scenarios, defensive thinking will not do you any good. If there is a moment when you need to act, you need to switch your thinking to offensive mode. When confronted with a tackler, your level of aggression against him should be as high as his, or better yet, even higher.
Suppose events follow the worst-case scenario for you – the attacker trained in mixed martial arts or is very good at owning his weapon. In this case, you need to take advantage of what is at hand. Your life depends on it..
The same spirit of aggressive counteraction is necessary during natural disasters, and when you face the task of survival in the wild. In any crisis scenario or in a natural disaster, your goal is to leave the dangerous place as quickly as possible. At the same time, it is necessary to constantly monitor, as far as possible, your emotions and prevent panic.
The “fight or run” instinct is, of course, a powerful factor, but it must be supplemented with sound thinking over the situation in order to choose the best option for responding to unfolding events.
Based on the book Survival in the Wild and Extreme Situations. 100 key skills in the special services methodology.