One problem most people have these days is that they don’t seem to have the attention span or desire to consider the consequences of any of their actions.
Just hit the freeways around any major city for a few hours and you’ll see what I mean.
I equate self defense to “Defensive Driving For Life”. I was taught from a very early age to always keep my distance, to look ahead at least five cars or a half mile, to always be aware of what is happening behind me and to always leave myself an out.
This forces me to consider every possible scenario when I make a lane change, hit the brakes, speed up, and to always be looking ahead and behind for potential problems.
I also trained me from a very early age to play, “What If XYZ happens”, and to plan constantly for those scenarios.
If you are aware of all the possibilities and keep a plan of action available no matter what happens you won’t freeze up in an emergency or find yourself killed or injured while trying to decide what to do.
Warrior Expert theory teaches us that recognition is what separates the experts from the rest. The expert recognizes threats and already has thought through and probably practiced extensively for how to deal with them.