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Mental. You need the ability to link all the other skills so you may make the correct response to a specific threat.
- You must have a clear understanding of the true nature of confrontations: the ambiguity, confusion, heightened emotional state, and stress, coupled with their impact upon cognitive and psychomotor capabilities. This may come from hearing the experiences of others, reading true accounts, seeing videos of violent confrontations, or reflection upon your own direct or observed experiences.
- You should understand the phases of confrontations, and how they progress.
- Verbal and non-verbal indicators from the aggressor(s) precede almost all attacks. You should develop the ability to read and interpret these indicators to give yourself advance warning of an attack.
- You should be aware of the laws of self-defense in your jurisdiction.
- Be aware of the impact of alcohol and drugs on the ability to perform physical actions, on pain tolerance, and on the ability to reason.