Effective self-defense requires the development of mental maps.
The sooner you can recognize a potential threat, the more options you have to effectively deal with it. In “The Nuts and Bolts of Awareness: Learning to Detect Trouble” Randy LaHaie discusses the notion of the predator/defender timeline. “Image a time line spanning from the time a predator forms the intent to commit a violent crime and the moment he initiates it upon you. The time it takes you to detect, recognize and respond impacts how successful your actions are likely to be. The sooner you act, the more flexible and deliberate you can be in avoiding, escaping or responding to the situation.” Read more by clicking the link below.