Some Reports and Self-Defense Information Can Be Harmful

Part IV

Can some Reports and Self Defense Information Can Be Harmful?

Myth: Something is better than nothing…
FALSE: Not when it’s false or interferes with natural survival instincts, denial of critical information, causes risky hesitation or freezing up under stress

Misleading information and sensationalized reporting emphasizing the details of violence or perpetuating “helpless woman” myths can do more harm than good. Alarmist reports can have the unintended effect of scrambling one’s survival signals. Reinforce that with social ideas that you might be viewed as paranoid for taking action on an instinct or seen as rude and we have a continued formula for victimization of women and the vulnerable.

I remain amazed at little respect and value that the protection of human life receives from many in the public and media. Oddly, I see more media on protecting cute fuzzy animals than humans – especially women, the elderly and children. Is it just me?

The same goes for authentic experts devoting themselves to protecting others. [ie the internet spam email self-defense advice is better known to most individuals than Gavin de Becker and other qualified experts offering life-saving advice] I’ve been paid upwards of $15000 for teaching personal security as well as offering similar content in FREE SELF DEFENSE courses and had nobody show. Humbling, perplexing and bizarre!

In my experience, people seem to rarely respond to the need for self-defense training unless scared into action or persuaded through a compelling experience.

Sadly, the volume of misinformation is so great that the life saving information for women’s self-defense and personal safety seems to continue to be drown out.

Truth in Media
Whatever the cause I contend that a change in the media reporting could make a difference. I agree with my teacher Gavin de Becker and wish News Reporting and the press in general were held to the same standards of truth in advertising.

Instead of providing emotional pacifiers for people with overly simplified “self-defense checklists” and office water cooler advice read off the latest email spam campaign, we might see more meaningful progress in protecting people through learning effective personal security self-defense strategies. This is difficult to do with lies, myths, distortions and inaccurate information.

When I served in Military Intelligence for a Special Forces reserve unit, I learned that the decisions of Command leadership were only as good as the intelligence and information they were provided. One of the early lessons we learned as analysts was to separate fact from opinion and render qualified, objective recommendations. Once the facts were reported, we might be asked to render an informed opinion. The two were always clearly distinguished from each other.

I wish the same were true of the media. More in the next article.

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John Nottingham, EPS is a graduate of Bodyguard Training International / USA Bodyguards. He was trained at Gavin De Becker Academy for Protectors and in Advanced Threat Assessment and Management. A Sixth Degree multiple Black Belt holder he served in a Special Forces Airborne reserve unit as a Military Intelligence Analyst. He is the founder of Nottingham Training Systems, Nottingham Security and the USA Martial Arts chain of schools.
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