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Mental awareness - recognizing physical characteristics (part 3)

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This article focuses on recognizing a person's physical characteristics. Under the emotional and psychological stress of an "attack" situation, you might not be thinking clearly (breathe - that will help you maintain mental clarity and focus under a stressful situation!). But, if you prepare yourself, in advance of something actually happening, to look for certain characteristics about a person, you might be able to provide a good enough description of the assailant to help law enforcement personnel to find or identify the perpetrator. So, read on and prepare yourself!

What are the physical characteristics of the people around you? It is time to sharpen your observation skills through practice. Don’t just look at people - really see them. Recognize physical characteristics, which typically fall into two categories:

Elective – can be controlled (clothing, accessories, makeup, tattoos, etc.)

Non-Elective – cannot be controlled (height, race, body proportion, complexion, facial features, physical capabilities, etc.)

Physical characteristics that should be observed include:

Body – height, weight, proportion/shape, overall size, physical condition, posture, body hair

Face – eye color, eye shape, eye brows, lips, teeth, nose, ears, head size and shape, hair, facial hair, complexion

Extremities – is there anything distinguishing about or on the hands, fingers, finger nails, feet, toes, toe nails

Skin – color, birthmarks, moles, warts, scars, acne, pallor, wrinkles, rashes, hives, sweaty

Physical deformities or disabilities

Ornamental jewelry – earrings, necklaces/chains, bracelets, rings, cuff links, tie tacks, watches, pins

Makeup - what and how much

Accessories – hats, belts, purses, scarves, gloves, socks, stockings/nylons, garters, ties, suspenders, pocket scarves, hair, glasses, headbands

Clothing – color, type, style, old or new, how much, too much for the environmental conditions (heavy coat when the temps are hot), etc

"Bodifications" – tattoos, piercings

Hygiene - Is there a distinctive scent or odor (perfume, alcohol, marijuana, cigarette, body odor, etc)?

All of these characteristics, along with abnormal behavior, are things you should recognize and try to remember about a person, even if this person is not directly interacting with you.

And, as I have stated many times, don;t wait for something bad to happen to try to use this skill. Practice now, when there is not stress or pressure - then you will be prepared if it ever becomes necessary!

The next article will cover another aspect of mental awareness as it relates to personal safety. Until then, remember,....One Body, One Life, One Choice - Be Smart & Be Safe!



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