Common Sense could possibly be the most important sense related to personal safety. Yet, it tends to be one of the most ignored because of the “it could never happen to me” belief.
We become complacent while existing and functioning in an environment perceived to be safe. Daily activities are performed in the same sequence and/or routine with little or no thought given to potential “threats” that could be encountered. This sense of “security” influences how we live. We become oblivious (tunnel vision) to the rush of activities that occur around us. Our level of awareness diminishes with each passing, uneventful day.
All the personal security training in the world is of minimal benefit if we do not apply common sense to life’s events. One of the most prevalent attitudes I have encountered over the years is “It could never happen to me or in my town.” I sincerely hope this attitude proves to be a prophecy for those who believe it. But, if something does happen, those who live by that attitude cannot possibly be adequately prepared to handle it; decreasing the chances for a positive outcome.
The next post covers intuition – a very valuable tool for maintaining personal safety! Until then, remember, “One Body, One Life, One Choice – Be Aware & Be Safe!”
This sense plays a role when it comes to recognizing potentially unsafe situations resulting from ingesting food or liquids that have been tampered with (i.e. spiked with drugs or alcohol).
The next post covers the 6th sense – COMMON SENSE! Until then, remember, “One Body, One Life, One Choice – Be Aware & Be Safe!”
The smell of alcohol or other controlled substances on an individual can signal the need for specific types of interaction with that person. If someone is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, his or her power of reasoning may be diminished making him or her less inhibited. Interacting with or trying to resolve a conflict may be more difficult with someone under the influence.
The smell of burning material, vehicle exhaust fumes, odors from spoiled food, perfume or cologne scents, cigarette smoke are smells that can indicate threats to safety, as well as provide indications of the environment you are in.
The next post covers Taste! Until then, remember, “One Body, One Life, One Choice – Be Aware & Be Safe!”
The sense of Touch can provide information about the environment, including such things as temperature and humidity. Extreme heat and/or humidity can affect a person’s mood and demeanor. Could that influence how you deal with conflict situation?
Touch can also provide insight about a person’s emotional state. Have you ever touched someone (handshake, touching an arm) whose skin was cold, clammy or sweaty? What could this tell you about his/her mental or emotional state? How would this affect an interaction with him/her?
The next post covers Smell! Until then, remember, “One Body, One Life, One Choice – Be Aware & Be Safe!”
It is also possible to develop tunnel, or as my wife calls it, “selective” hearing. Make a conscious effort to hear the voices and sounds around you. Try to interpret what is happening around you by the voices and sounds being made. Try to determine the emotional states of the people around you by listening to their voices – hear the words and the voice qualities (volume, pitch, speed, etc). Do you hear anger, fear, excitement, etc. in someone’s voice? The context in which you hear the sounds is also important in interpreting the current emotional conditions of the interactions.
Different sounds can hint or reveal what may be happening around you. Loud noises, explosions, car tires screeching, horns, are just some of the sounds that can provide information that can affect personal safety. As I walk down a street, do I hear someone running towards me? As I approach my car in a dark parking lot, do I hear the vehicle parked next to mine start their engine? Did a door slam shut or was it quietly closed? These are just a few examples of how hearing can potentially influence personal safety.
The next post will cover Touch! Until then, remember, “One Body, One Life, One Choice – Be Aware & Be Safe!”
Many times we look, but we don’t really “see.” Our repetitive daily routines create tunnel vision – we only see what is right in front of us or what we expect to see? When you look at people, try to notice details about them. This skill requires practice – which can be interesting and fun. So much can be learned just by becoming a better observer.
The next post covers Hearing! Until then, remember, “One Body, One Life, One Choice – Be Aware & Be Safe!”
Awareness is an offensive weapon. It should be proactively developed and improved. People are often so consumed with their “tasks at hand” that they are oblivious to other activities happening in their external environment. This lack of awareness can potentially increase personal safety risk. Becoming more aware of your mental, emotional, environmental and physical status can help you make the safest and most effective decisions in any situation, even if under duress. My self defense / personal safety training program is based on the development of the 4 Types of Awareness (Mental, Emotional, Environmental, and Physical).
To effectively develop the four types of awareness, you first must be able to utilize your natural senses (touch, smell, hearing, vision, and taste) optimally. And, there is also another very important sense that plays a key role in personal safety. It is the sixth sense – COMMON SENSE!
The next post explains how to sue your natural senses to enhance your personal safety! Until then, remember, “One Body, One Life, One Choice – Be Aware & Be Safe!”
Please, keep in mind that the “Tips” that I give can be influenced by many factors, some of which include the environment you are functioning in, the physical characteristics and skills of the people you interact with, your own physical characteristics and skills, the mental/emotional state of people you interact with, your mental and emotional state and much more – at any given moment. This series of “Tips” include possible suggestions for action – but, you are the only person who can decide on the course of action to be taken in any specific circumstance or situation. This information may provide some valuable insight that may help you make decisions. Hopefully, the information helps you, through your new heightened level of awareness, avoid potentially violent conflict situations!
The next post begins to get into the “meat” of the subject! We start with Awareness! Until then, remember, “One Body, One Life, One Choice – Be Aware & Be Safe!”
It is impossible to cover every possible unsafe situation that could be encountered. So, as comprehensive as this series of articles will be, I cannot cover every possible situation. But, I do include some very common situations that could be encountered.
I welcome feedback, input, and ideas from all who read this “Tip” series. The information I will be providing has been accumulated over many years of teaching/interacting with thousands of clients. Every person has a unique story or perspective. I want to hear your story! Who knows – your input could save someone’s life! And, I want to help you if I am able to!
The next post will continue to dive into what this series of informational posts will cover! Until then, remember, “One Body, One Life, One Choice – Be Aware & Be Safe!”
Congratulations! Reading this blog proves that you are truly a “proactive” person – not a procrastinator. You see a possible need – and you address it! You are one of a rare breed!
People are rarely proactive when it comes to personal safety. People typically wait until something bad happens before they begin to think about enhancing their personal safety and/or the safety of their loved ones. By the time something bad happens, it is too late! Why don’t people see the importance and value in preparing for the possibilities? That is the million-dollar question! I think it starts with the “it could never happen to me” or “it could never happen here” syndromes! Well, you have now demonstrated that you are one of the special people who are proactive is caring for yourself and your family! You are Awesome!
The next post will begin to dive into what this series of informational posts will cover! Until then, remember, “One Body, One Life, One Choice – Be Aware & Be Safe!”