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Removing the Blindfold: Recognizing Deceptive and Dangerous Advances

  • James F. KennyEmail author
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Abstract

Aggressors often plot, stage, and carry out their attacks in plain sight without seemingly being noticed. Social environments such as large cities, disorganized neighborhoods, and fast-paced, impersonal encounters afford the few dangerous people the ability to blend in with the many who mean no harm. Sometimes individuals may actually see behaviors of concern before the attack, but they may dismiss them due to misinformation, personal bias, or feelings of helplessness. They may even attempt to convince themselves that everything is normal. Rather than feeling incapable, individuals can choose to create a readiness to recognize criminal advances, trust their intuition, and observe details in the environment. They can secure pertinent information by listening for clues and clarifying what they heard. They can learn the warning signs of potential victimization, remain objective, and refuse to be blinded by misleading information.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fairleigh Dickinson UniversityTeaneckUSA

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