The way you stand, hold your head and use your eyes can mark you as prey for a predator or as a dominant primate, not to be trifled with. Do you know how to use body language vs predators?
Body Language vs predators
Predatory humans use their instincts, many times without even realizing it. They watch the flock for the weak, the easy pickings, their prey.
Most of the flock is weak. Their heads are down, eyes averted, and their shoulders slumped.
The strong stand a certain way and project a certain vibe. Even if you don’t feel confident or dominant you can posture yourself the same ways to project that you are a dominant alpha!
How can you been seen as stronger than the others? This takes a conscious effort, but only at first. After a while it becomes habit, and muscle memory.
Posture and Stance
First stand up straight, with your shoulders back. This makes you appear in your largest form. Predators don’t go after the larger members of the herd, they look for the small and weak. Even if you don’t appear huge and buff, you appear larger and less weak than others. This also makes you appear more confident, more proud and more dominant. You don’t have to feel that way, you just have to stand like you do feel that way. It’s all smoke and mirrors, baby.
The way you hold your head is important. The weak will keep their chin down, which also brings your eyes down. Always keep your chin pointed slightly higher than 90 degrees from the ground. Not so high up that you appear snooty. This slight upward tilt of your head is a display of confidence. Even if the predator doesn’t notice it consciously, his subconscious will be all over it.
Eye Contact and Eye positions
Eye contact is HUGE. Make eye contact with everyone who’s looking at your face. This is tough, but keep calm, keep a poker face and let them know that you saw them looking at you. You don’t have to make tough faces or any of that jazz, make eye contact then look past them as if they weren’t worth your time. Keep watching them with your peripheral vision until you need to make eye contact with the next person, and so on.
Another nice addition to eye contact is a verbal recognition to say something to tell them “Yeah I see you”, but subtly. I like to say things casual things like “how you doing”. I don’t say it like I’m using a pick up line, it’s just an acknowledgement that I see them and am aware. This is big, most of the sheep are afraid to interact with strangers. They’re weak.
I’ve used this and I am confident that it’s kept me from assault on at least 1 occasion.
I was on business travel in Cleveland, Ohio. Around dusk, I was walking down the street from my hotel to Subway to grab some dinner. I saw three men, at the mouth of a narrow alley. They were looking at me, without trying appear like they were watching me. I could see them making whispered talk, almost like they were preparing and coordinating.
Everything about this was triggering instinctive reactions in my body. Nothing about this felt right.
What did I do? I put my shoulders further back, stood up taller, puffed out my chest a bit, moved my arms out from my sides a bit more (to make me look larger, like those muscle guys who’s arms hang out a bit to the sides).
Now I hopefully appeared larger. I certainly felt larger.
I then proceeded to greet them loudly while making eye contact with each one of them, one at a time until they broke my gaze and looked away.
This rattled them. It wasn’t what they expected and it took them off their game.
When I look back it reminds me of the aggressive mouse in a snake’s cage. I’ve seen a mouse tossed into a tank with a hungry snake and the next morning the snake was all bit around the edges, all because the mouse kept it off guard so he couldn’t fully engage into predator eating mode.
It’s important to leverage all your tools to avoid being the prey, or the sheep. Body Language vs predators is a key tool that everyone should be aware of and ready to use.