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Other Self Defense Myths

Learning self defense is important for everyone no matter where you live, who you are, or how prepared you think you are. While there is ample information out there on self defense, there are some myths that have emerged. These can be detrimental to your safety, or create less than pleasant situations when faced with an emergency. Make sure that you are properly prepared for anything, and learn the truths behind these myths when it comes to your self defense.

Self Defense is Only Based on Physical Abilities

While it is important to be at least somewhat physically fit, this isn’t the only, or necessarily most important part. Being mentally prepared to make a snap decision is just as important and could be lifesaving in a dangerous situation. Think through the possible dangers you may face, and how you would react to these problems. This directly correlates with avoiding the “it won’t happen to me” attitude. Even if you live in a safe neighborhood, danger can happen. Be prepared for the worst.

Avoid Dark Places

This myth is one that has the potential to give you a false sense of security during the day. The truth is that an alarming number of crimes happen in the daylight as they do in the dark. Instead it is important to be aware of your surroundings at all times, being particularly cautious of alleyways where potential thieves could hide.

Pepper Spray is All You Need

Mace and pepper spray can both be an effective way to keep an attacker away from you. Whether it is just the threat of the pepper spray, or you actually have to use it, this could be the best way to give you a chance to get out of a bad situation. With that being said, it is important to have a secondary plan in case the pepper spray doesn’t effectively deter your attacker. Some types of spray take a few extra seconds to work, giving your attacker time to react. If this is the case, know what you will do in return.

You Won’t Stay Armed

Some people think that having a firearm or other weapon is pointless because they will only end up being disarmed by an attacker. While this is a possibility that must be addressed in your preparation, it should not be thought of as the most likely scenario. To avoid being disarmed, it is important to look confident with the weapon you are holding. Showing that you are confident will make them less likely to test you out by making a move towards you.

Be aware of the difference between some self defense myths, and the truths that will actually keep you safe. Learn these differences now, before you are in the deadly situations. This simple knowledge can make all the difference when a split second decision must be made.

Posted 7/13/2014 6:00 PM