Anger, Contempt & Disgust Indicators of Violence & Dangerous Intent: Risk Prevention

“Among leaders of groups that committed aggressive acts, there was a significant increase in expressions of anger, contempt and disgust from 3 to 6 months prior to the group committing an act of violence. For nonviolent groups, expressions of anger, contempt and disgust decreased from 3 to 6 months prior to the group staging an act of peaceful resistance.” – Read the full article here.

Dangerous intent. It’s an interesting term, which could also referred to as dangerous demeanor, threatening behaviour – and in some examples – intimidation. When it comes to human beings causing psychological or physical harm to one another I find myself sitting in the camp of risk prevention. As a martial artist I promote awareness and a respectful wariness of those demonstrating unusual or even hostile behaviour – a preventative or protective habit – with the back up “risk management system” firmly in place that I call self defence. To illustrate what I mean, a number of years ago a good friend of mine was drunk on his first night in Bangkok and staggered down a dark alley by himself and was subsequently mugged, with thankfully only his pride being hurt. A year or so later another friend of mine who knew about the incident and that I did martial arts asked me; “What would you have done in that situation?” My simple response was; “I wouldn’t have been there,” which really meant – I would not have been drunk in an alley by myself at night in a foreign country. Avoidance of risk – mainly dangerous risk – to me is just plain common sense.

There are plenty of reasons in learning to identify emotions in others (see this page for a long list) – and from a preventative perspective of risk – I would suggest learning to identify emotions is essential. The next step is to learn to identify threatening or suspicious body language.

This is a BBC video of the alleged bomber in Bulgaria 19th July 2012;  can you spot some pre-event indicators:

About Stu Dunn

Becoming proficient with non verbal communication and teaching what I’ve learnt over the years has become an absolute passion of mine; starting with beginning the SDL Behavioural Science Facebook Page, then set up my first online course in 2011, and my first book on the subject True Lies, A Guide to Reading Faces, Interpreting Body Language & Detecting Deception in the Real World was published in 2013. During this time I’ve helped thousands of people around the world become proficient in reading body language, micro expressions and detecting deception – and I’d love to help you too.
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