The ultimate Stress Control is using the Optimal Mindset to empower fighting for your life.
To intimidate their enemies as well as empower their own stress control, warriors throughout history imitated fierce animals by wearing animal-like costumes and imitating their behavior.Wolf-man (or werewolf) legends originated in 16th century Europe when primitive, superstitious woodsmen gained an intimidating ferocity by imitating wolves during nighttime robberies of people traveling through their woodlands. If ever trapped and facing musket fire, the “wolf-man” reverted to human behavior and begged for mercy. Folklore distorted this into men becoming wolves during a full moon and reverting to human form after being shot with a silver bullet.
Martial artists often empower themselves by imitating cats
(nature’s best fighters) as well as scorpions, praying mantises, and
monkeys. A small monkey can leap on a man ten times his size, clinging
to his head while shredding his face and blinding him in just a few
seconds. (You’ll learn a very similar Clinch Attack in Self Defense Techniques.)
Superb role models include tomcats (they either flee, or attack an adversary’s eyes then flee), and dogs. Have you ever seen two dogs erupt into a fight? They’re ferocious! Simply imitate the ferocity of the meanest dog you’ve ever seen.
Just before battle, the notoriously terrifying Irish Celts would shed all clothing other than battle gear, work themselves into a frenzy called war spasm then – all but foaming at the mouth – run naked and howling at their enemy. Foes would often flee from such madness. Many other tribes worldwide also had empowering/intimidating rituals, such as the Huns of Asia, the Berserkers of Scandinavia, the Zulu of Africa, and the Maori of the South Pacific.Undercover cops have told me that predators won’t mess with you if they think you’re crazier than they are. They have a sharp instinct of who to pick on, at singling out the weak. Stare at them like a lunatic. They won't mess with you.
I’d amend that to “nobody messes with hostile crazy people.” The feeble crazies, more vulnerable, are oftentimes victimized. Personally, I’ve often relied on displaying an overt hostility to deter predators – they prefer soft targets. See Subway Encounter in Victims Options - Posturing for one example.
The ultimate empowerment is Psycho Psyching: feigning madness. To repeat an example from Posturing:Marla faked a nervous breakdown when a date grew threatening. She began nonsensically sobbing “I killed my baby, I killed my baby,” and grew so frantically manic that she actually scared her attacker away. He’s lucky. She was just about to burst into a ferocious gouging of his eyes then run off howling.
It’s extremely unlikely any predator would chase her.
When sensing danger, pretend you're mentally deranged – it's easy, especially when your survival instinct is going all out to protect you from an imminent threat. Fake a facial twitch, act loony, or loudly argue with yourself. Nobody wants to tangle with a crazy person – even a little one. So be maniacal.
Psycho Psyching has three potent benefits for you. First, it intimidates an attacker. After all, a total lunatic is fearless and stops at nothing – truly a force to be avoided if at all possible. Second, acting crazy is an easy role to fake – professional actors consider lunacy to be the easiest role of all – and you can pull off an Oscar-caliber performance when your life is on the line. Third, a shrieking, ferocious, raging fury is absolutely the most effective strategy to fight for your life. To maximize your chances of surviving a deadly attack: ACT maniacally fierce and you will, in reality, BE maniacally fierce.
Also see Acting.