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It’s not a fight: Understanding the four phases of self defense

The oxford dictionary defines self defense as “the defense of one’s person or interest, especially through the use of physical force.”  That’s a good definition- if you like vague definitions.  Self defense is protecting yourself, obviously. But physical force isn’t close to the main element. In fact, self defense begins long before any physical activity …

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Fence marking a boundary line.

Setting boundaries for self defense

You’ve heard a lot about boundaries. I bet you even have some. Things you will or won’t do toward someone else. Not taking another person’s things. Respect for personal space.  Those are all boundaries.  But have you thought about boundaries for self defense? That’s exactly what we’re talking about this month.  In a moment we’ll …

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Two cats showing fight or flight response while playing.

The Fight or Flight Myth

I bet you’ve heard of fight or flight. If not, it’s the idea that when faced with danger, you’ll either fight for your life or run away. The term ‘fight or flight” was first coined in 1920 by an American psychologist named Walter Cannon. Now it’s a common term thrown around self defense circles. But …

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