If you’ve ever been at an event with a prominent person like a politician, celebrity, or business executive, you’ve likely noticed the dudes wearing sunglasses and sporting an earpiece, trying to look as unassuming as possible while vigilantly keeping an eye out for their client, or “principal.”
These guys are part of a personal security detail, and their job is to protect VIPs from harassment and harm.
Most of us will likely never be able to afford our own bodyguard, but that doesn’t mean we can’t use the same mindset and skills these professionals use to protect their high-powered clients, to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
Today on the show, I talk to former executive bodyguard Nick Hughes about his book How to Be Your Own Bodyguard. We begin our conversation discussing Nick’s stint in the French Foreign Legion and how that transitioned to his work in executive protection. We then discuss how a bodyguard’s primary focus is to prevent violence or altercations from occurring in the first place and the tactics that can accomplish that goal. Nick walks us through how criminals pick out their victims, and how to avoid being targeted. We then discuss how to verbally defuse a situation before it turns to blows and the legal ramifications of self-defense. We end our conversation with tactics you can use to stay safe, whether you’re vacationing abroad or driving the streets of your hometown.
Nick’s experience in the French Foreign Legion
The realities of bodyguarding as a profession
Why prevention is the first key to keeping yourself safe
What can people do to increase their chances of not being selected as a victim?
Developing your situational awareness
The problem of task fixation
Defusing verbal altercations
The importance of having a full range of self-defense tools
If you’re like most people these days, you probably rely on the turn-by-turn directions given by a smartphone app to navigate to where you want to go. While Google Maps has certainly made getting around a lot more convenient, my guest today makes the case that by relying on GPS to navigate, we’re turning our backs on a skill that makes us uniquely human.
Her name is Maura O’Connor, and she’s a journalist and the author of Wayfinding: The Science and Mystery of How Humans Navigate. We begin our conversation discussing what goes on in our brain when we navigate and how we use the same part of the brain that we use for memory when we’re getting around town. We then discuss how human navigation differs from animal navigation and the cultural tools that humans have developed over millennia to help them find their way, including storytelling and songs. Maura then shares research that suggests our language influences our sense of location and space and how our ancient ancestors sowed the seeds of the scientific method when they were tracking animals while hunting. We also discuss recent research that suggests relying too heavily on GPS may increase your risk for dementia and be linked to other mental health problems. We end our conversation by musing on how it is that using GPS can shrink your sense of autonomy, while navigating on your own feels existentially empowering.
What’s going on in our brain when we navigate?
The connection between memory and navigation
Lessons from the inuits on navigating
The two strategies your brain uses to navigate
How does navigation possibly explain childhood amnesia?
Why kids should be able and allowed to freely explore their environment
How animals navigate vs. how humans navigate (and what we can learn from them)
Storytelling and navigation
The relationship between language and navigation
The existential threat of GPS
What the implications of using our brain less in navigating?
Le sujet abordé est vraiment intéressant. Comment la mémoire, l'orientation dans l'espace, la dégénérescence du cerveau sont très probablement liés. Pour faire court, il faut au maximum se libérer du GPS pour faire travailler notre hippocampe
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