A lot of people think of self-defense as a karate chop or jab in the eyes. But self-defense really means doing all that’s possible to not fight someone who attack or threatens you. Self-defense is all the brain and not the fists or feet.
Men and women who are threatened and do self-defense actually risk making a situation worse. The attacker, who is already angry and violent, and may be on drugs and/or alcohol, may become even angrier.
The best way to handle any threat of attack is to try to get away. At least you probably won’t get injured.
One way to avoid a potential attack before it happens is to listen to your instincts. Your hunch combined with your common sense, can help you avoid trouble. If you’re jogging in the park by yourself and you start to feel like you’re not alone that could be your instinct telling you something. Your common sense would then let know that it’s better for you to get where there are more people around.
Attackers aren’t always strangers who jump out of the bushes. Sadly, children can be attacked by individuals they know. That’s where another critical self-defense skill comes into use. This skill is a thing self-defense expert refer to as de-escalation.
De-escalating a situation is acting or speaking in a way that can stop things from getting worse. The classic example of de-escalation is offering a robber your money instead of trying to run or fight. But de-escalation can work in various ways. If someone bothers you when no one else is around, you can de-escalate things by agreeing with her or him.
You don’t have to believe the taunts. You’re just using words to get you out of a negative situation. Then you can be like, “Oh, look, I’m late for my class,” and walk away.