What is the best way to get out of a hostile situation? As cliche as it sounds, the best way we can think of is not to get into a sticky situation in the first place.
But that can be a choice that you have no control of, especially in a SHTF situation when things can spiral out of control in no time.
The good thing is that there are very effective ways to diffuse a hostile situation, the problem is not many prepper knows how.
Learn these 3 ways to diffuse a hostile situation that might save your life one day.
3 Ways To Diffuse A Hostile Situation
1. Never respond to anger
All that angry people are waiting is a gesture or action that entitles them to move things to the next level. No matter what the circumstances are, you should never reciprocate his or her aggressive words or actions. You want to put out the fire and not feed it and reach a point of no return. Soften your words in volume and meaning and pay attention if your aggressor does the same. If there is no word or action that increase the anger of your opponent, his or her intensity level should start to drop. However, keep in mind that during SHTF you should always keep your guard up.
2. Always keep a safe distance
I’ve seen many people recommend to keep a safe distance and some suggest TAR (two arms reach) as being the safest bet. While I do agree that you need to keep a safe distance to diffuse a hostile situation, you need to be close enough to actually have a conversation. It would be unnatural to try to reason with someone when he or she can barely hear you. I recommend staying out of reach or punch range to avoid unpredicted actions. If you move too far, he may follow you and gain confidence while at the same time his aggression will increase.
You should also pay attention to how close he gets. If it’s too close you may receive an unforeseen punch or kick. The opponent can even grab you and your movements will be limited. You should find a comfort zone that allows you to retreat and if needed, defend yourself.
3. Be ready when you reach the point of no return.
No matter how much you try to keep things under control, you may not always be able to diffuse a hostile situation. When people are panicking, there is big chance for the situation to reach its breaking point. Enraged people have a blurred mind and they sometimes act like drug addicts. They will not listen to logic or rational words and are there only to pick a fight.
If what you said and tried has no effect on how your aggressor behaves, it’s time to move forward. You can either leave the scene or engage in a physical attack. If you leave the scene, watch your back and be ready to repeal any sudden attacks. When engaging your opponent, do so while keeping in mind that you need to deal with it as fast as possible. You don’t need to involve others into your altercation and you should distance yourself as fast as possible once your aggressor is incapacitated.
Learning to diffuse a hostile situation is the way to go when it hits the fan because you don’t need extra factors that could endanger you. You also cannot draw and shot as you please because laws may still be in effect and you will be held accountable when the dust settles. It’s better to figure out how to diffuse a hostile situation rather than reach the point of no return.
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