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Hi everybody. I posted a few videos a while back on behavior profiling and situational awareness and wanted you to know i'm doing an /ama right now if you had any questions. Cheers!

3 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

You're pumping gas late night. Someone approaches. You prefer to keep them at least 20 feet away from you. What's your strategy? Even if they don't threaten you, can you draw if they cross into close distance?

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Original Poster3 points · 6 months ago

Every situation is different and I like to stick with teaching mindset but in this specific scenario I might pull the gas handle out visibly and start a polite but loud conversation asking them what's up. No one wants to catch a face full of gas ;) If someone is gearing up to do something to you, you want to do things that will disrupt their decision making. Throw some curve balls at them.

Not sure if this is the kind of question you're looking for, but here goes. If I'm walking from point A to point B in the dark, in a place like a parking lot, what's the best way to ensure that I don't get snuck up on? Specifically, is there anything beyond just constantly looking around (or is that even a good thing to do)?

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Original Poster9 points · 6 months ago

Looking around is a great way to know what's going on around you! It's simple but critical. On the other side of the coin you look like a "hard target" to any possible criminals. Parking lots are the worst because everyone is head down in their phones and they have no clue what's going on around them. A simple step like keeping your head up and having general awareness is a big step. As a final note, trust your gut. Your brain processes threat way quicker than you can keep up with so if you are getting a fear response, pay attention.

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I am Yousef Badou, a former U.S. Marine and I teach people Behavior Profiling and Tracking-Ask Me Anything!

I served for 10 years in the US Marine Corps and then went on to teach at the Marine Combat Hunter Program for the last decade. I just started my own business teaching people to profile behavior in order to proactively look for threats or violence before they happen. I also teach tracking to Police, Fire and Search and Rescue.

As someone who is insanely curious about people watching and noting peoples behavior, I'm surprised to see that this is something that one can actually study. I'm currently an undergrad in college studying criminal justice, and have a vested interest in national security. How can I further my study (maybe in grad school) and focus on this field in particular?

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Original Poster2 points · 6 months ago

That's a great question. There is no degree program specifically tailored for this subject matter. Most academic behavior analysis is geared towards clinical observations. All the subjects exist in academia, just not in one place. If it helps, for the people who can't make it to my seminars I have online classes on my website. I have released 2 classes and am working on the next ones right now.

Thanks for doing the AMA!

As a new police officer I was trained to "always watch the hands, these are what will kill you" but I've always been under the assumption to watch the person I'm in contact with's face cause that will give the tells I need to know if they're a threat or not. In your opinion do you believe the tells from the face or the tells from the hands are more important or is it a combination of both?

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Original Poster2 points · 6 months ago

I would have to defer to hands. Hands are the weapons of the body so there is my nearer danger. Besides that I would watch for target glancing, looking over their shoulder looking for routes or worse continuous glancing at your weapon. Bad ju ju. Might indicate they are feeling froggy.

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Original Poster1 point · 6 months ago

I posted some videos here on Behavior Profiling and thought I would let you know that I'm doing in /ama if you'll have any questions. There is already some pretty good content on there now. Cheers!

Thanks for the lesson, sir. I appreciate this. Makes sense. Could you (or someone) elaborate more on the foot placement aspect of your discussion? Can the placement of a person's feet be an indicator that they may run? Or maybe a defensive stance?

Again, thank you.

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Original Poster5 points · 7 months ago

The saying goes "The feet are the most honest part of your body." The direction the feet are pointed can indicate where someones attention is. Both feet pointed at you, you got 100% of their attention. I foot towards and one away, about half their attention. As for running, look for foot direction but also target glancing different escape routes. Most people don't even realize they are doing it.

2 points · 7 months ago

There is an Arabic saying, if you want to know a man's heart, watch his feet

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Original Poster2 points · 7 months ago

No kidding? I'm sorry but I'm going to have to steal that 😎

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Original Poster2 points · 7 months ago

Sierra Element has hosted me 3 or 4 times now. More to for 2018!

Original Poster1 point · 7 months ago

No worries! Glad it got up. Hope this generates as much discussion as the last one. This ones a little shorter.

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One thing I do way too often since I'm new to CCW is I touch my weapon, just a gentle touch to make sure it's still there. I'm trying to knock that off because I'm giving myself away. It's probably due to the experience of carrying still being new to me and I'm a bit nervous, so a bad actor about to attack is also going be nervous and may also be doing stupid tells, even if they are trying not too.

It's like the more you try not to do something, the more obvious you make yourself. :-(

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Original Poster4 points · 7 months ago

One of the foundations I work on when profiling is "The more you tried to hide, the more you stick out." Natural human behavior is just that, natural. New cops get busted touching their gun all the time when plain clothes. They get yelled at to stop but then start "elbow checking." Dead give away!

Thanks for your service nd for putting yourself out there as well. No matter what, there will always be someone who is going to criticize anything. Best to just ignore and don't respond to them.

Besides, downvotes are a badge of honor in my book. LOL!

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Original Poster1 point · 7 months ago

Thanks for the kind words! if I can figure this thing out I'll post another video today.

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Original Poster1 point · 7 months ago

I've been teaching behavior profiling tot he military for the last ten years and decided to share some tips going into this holiday season. Cheers!

Original Poster1 point · 7 months ago

I've been teaching Behavior Profiling to the US miltary for the past 10 years and thought I should post some tips before going into this holiday season. Hope you enjoy!

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