What is a difference between self-defense and behavioral strategies?
Today, many people practise various self-defense systems, the training focused for the use of combat techniques in situation of attack. On the other hand just a very few people went through the deeper education in the area of conflict psychology, prevention and strategies for conflict resolution. In the first place, one should realize that a psychological threat and the physical attack are not yet the same.
In fact, the way of communication and behavior makes 80 % to 95 % determining factor which is responsible for the direction of the next course of the events: What can be either further „escalation & graduation“ into the attack or „de-escalation & pacification“ of the problem situation.
From the side of the defender, the prevention of conflict should be at the first place. If we have noticed that we are just on the doorstep of the situation with potential of physical attack, in most of these cases there are still present options to avert it.
Psychological defense is a complex of know-how:
In the beginning, one should realize that the person who creates a threat is
also a human.
The defender behavioral solution is based on more pillars, but the key tool is an analysis. For example, can you read his motivation? Can you read the intention? Can you estimate the social background from which is the attacker coming from? Can you read his psychological strategy? (of course he also has a strategy, but sometimes this is only manifested in attackers subconscious behavior).
Furthermore, we can say, that the endangering situation has some stages of its development. A person in defense can count with these stages. Behavioral action within each stage would be usually different. And we can continue…
In the end, one should realize, that the defender is also a human. The more you can read, the more open the door for solutions. The more factors you know, the higher is your chance to prevent, to avoid, or to de-escalate the conflict.
Workshop / seminar:
Psychology in self-defense:
Conflict prevention and resolution
Workshop is suitable for general public with interest in personal and preventive safety. Recommended for self-defense and martial arts practitioners.
- Personal and situational safety
- Analysis: “Reading” the pre-conflict phase. Development of a problem situation
- Psychological mechanisms in the background of violence and conflict
- Stress reaction and its regulation in tense situations
- Synthesis: How to make decisions and act in situations of threat of violence
- Behavioral strategies for solving problem situations, conflicts and violence
- How to „read“ in the situation of threat
- How to spot the offender „tricks“ and strategies
- Evaluation of the odds and defender decision for behavioral strategy
- How to deal with stress and a high level stress known as „freezing“
- How to use your body language
- How to avoid, to shift or to de-escalate the conflict
- Learn from real situations
Workshop topics in detail:
1. Psychology of problem situations
- Key role of the analysis
- Seeing both parts: offender versus defender
- A factor of „where“ and „why“
- Subconscious psychological mechanisms and mental set ups
- Can be the victim responsible for own „bad luck“?
- Assessment of risks and chances
2. Conflict prevention & resolution
- Behavioral principles as a prevention to conflict situations
- Communication and negotiation
- Important role of „body language“ and gestures in problem situation
- Behavioral strategies for conflict resolution
- Rational thinking vs. instinct and intuition
3. Stress reaction
- Psychology and physiology of the stress reaction
- One connection: „Body – Breath – Mind“
- Emotions: „A good servant, bad master“
- A „Fight or flight stress response“ and a „Freezing“
- Stress management and self-regulation: how to regulate the stress reaction in tense situations: theory + practice
4. Interconnection to self-defense
- Psychology of attack & self-defense
- Situation analysis and risk assessment considering the use of physical self-defense
- Tactical behavior just in conflict situation
5. Case studies
- Examples of conflict management from the real life
- Well-managed cases vs. badly managed cases (comparisons)
- Know-how application in the scenario simulations
6. Animal attack
- The bases of defense when attacked by animal
- Emphasis on situations of a dog attack / threat
Training organizer reserves the right to exclude from trainings and
workshops individuals in which they are seen and manifested:
signs of an abuse of the learned combat skills, signs of override behavior over the others, signs of aggressive behavior, signs of non-controlled anger, signs of abuse of the learned skills to the intentional harm to other trainees or to people out of the training and trainees who repeatedly don´t pay attention to instructions given by the coach and thus increasing a risk of injury to self or to others.
Self-defense and combat skills are taught within the frame of one´s own protection & prevention, the protection of others, correspondingly also within the scope of protection of the material goods and the property and most of all within the frame of humanism.