Sunday, December 9, 2012

Assessing a Situation in a Chaotic Setting

Click here and here for a story where a person did not properly assess the situation from the field level.  Regardless of the reason and the outcome, it is helpful to know what to do in a chaotic situation.

Following is our abridged list of pointers:
  • Never position yourself between the platform edge and the other people. Always stay back. People with malicious intent or no impulse control can terminate your life instantly and with minimum effort.
  • Always keep one hand free and never put your hands in the pockets of your coat or your jacket.
  • Wear a head set when utilizing your mobile phone.  Conceal the phone in some situations.
  • Always take the station entrance that immediately leads to the section of the platform that has a significant number of riders who is waiting for the train. 
  • While waiting at the front section of the line, never be #1.  Position yourself a few people ahead of you. 
  • Always stand sideways. Scan the observable terrain while be mindfully aware of your settings.
  • While waiting at the end of the line, stand against the wall if possible. The wall is your friend.   (However, do not get surrounded by the wrong people.  ...)
  • Do not rely on the transit police to save the day.  (Cavalry rescue usually cost money.   ...   The transit police usually arrive after the incident has occurred.) 
  • Always  avoid any direct confrontation. Be prepared for a worst case scenario.
Utilizing all of these pointers in three seconds or less should be as easy as breathing.  You do breathe.  ... Don't you?   ...  All you have to do is assess, position and influence.   ... Observe, Orient, Decide and Act (OODA) is a process that takes too much time.

The Compass Desk
The above pointers are only valid in a general situation.   Having the "skill" to read and recognize a situation under duress is a different story.  ... Knowing what exceptions are in play requires good mindful awareness.  You do pay attention to your setting. Do you?   ... 

The Compass Solution
In that situation, assess the configuration of the situation.  Position oneself in a setting of no relevance. Influence the other person to do any activity else indirectly. 

By assessing properly, one could position oneself two steps ahead of the weird. 

Our friend from Cook Ding's Kitchen recommends the same approach and refers it as "Ting Jing. Dong Jing. Fa Jing" solution.

In planning, never a useless move.  
In strategy, no useless move in vain.  -Chen Hao

Intermittently. we usually recommend to most people (with minimum awareness skill) to play it safe.  Focus on low risk and high safety moves, especially in a chaotic situation.   Do not execute any thoughtless moves. 

Do not be a 10 o clock news item or an anecdote in a post martial art training session.   ...  It is not a good idea.

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