There have been so many women after an attack who have stated “but he seemed so nice.” It is only later, when they have time to analyze, that they realize they had an “uneasy” feeling about the attacker. The “uneasy” feeling is called intuition. We as humans alone justify ignoring intuition. We think things like “I’ll seem rude” or “I can’t live in fear” or “I’m just being silly, he seems nice.” Animals don’t do this. If they have even a remote feeling that something is wrong, they run! Can you imagine how many fewer deer there would be if they sat around thinking “I’ve been eating here everyday for a month, nothing has gone wrong, I’m just being silly with this uneasy feeling.” How many less rabbits if they thought “I can’t live in fear. He seems like a perfectly nice fox. I can’t appear rude.” No animal ever thinks “it’s probably nothing.” We have a lot to learn from creatures that always follow intuition! Listen to yourself every time. The root word of intuition is “tuere” which means “to guard, to protect.” Intuition is knowing without knowing why we know. Our brain is miraculous, it picks up things subconsciously that we don’t think we notice. It picks up facial signals that last a fraction of a fraction of a second…picks up words that are said that we didn’t really listen to. Always remember that intuition is 1) always a response to something and 2) always looking out for your safety.

The scumbag seems so nice because nice works. Nice has been perfected. He knows nice will get him what he wants. Gavin DeBecker in his must read book THE GIFT OF FEAR states “Remember, the nicest guy, the guy with no self-serving agenda whatsoever, the one who wants nothing from you, WON’T APPROACH YOU AT ALL. You are not comparing the man who approaches you to all men, the vast majority of whom have no sinister intent. Instead, you are comparing him to other men who make unsolicited approaches to women alone, or to other men who don’t listen when you say no.”

The scumbags have a plan. They are good at the plan. The plan has worked for them many times. If you know the plan you can see it when it is being used on you. The nice guy things he does all have a reason. The following things are what to look for and to recognize.
–He makes it sound like you are part of a team with him. He uses “we” a lot. “We seem to be abandoned by our friends,” “We are in the same predicament,” “Now we’ve done it,” etc. He knows that this is hard to rebuff without you feeling like you’re being rude. Notice when this happens and realize that it is always done for self serving reasons and that it is always inappropriate for a stranger to talk this way to a woman who is alone.
-He is going out of his way to be charming and nice. A smile is the most used way to mask emotions in the world! Nice does not equal good, ever. Nice is a strategy, not a trait we’re born with. Charm is the same in that it is a strategy. When someone is using charm don’t think “He is really charming” but think “he is trying to charm me, why?”
-He will give you too much info. Instead of saying something like “I’m just waiting on a friend” he may say “I’m just waiting on a friend. The guy is always running late. Shoot, just last week….” When you or I are telling the truth we don’t feel like we have to use extra info to back up what we are saying. When someone is lying it may sound credible to us but it doesn’t sound that way to them, so they keep talking. Always remember that whoever this yappy, charming person is they approached a strange woman who is alone!
-He will put you on the defensive so that you have to prove yourself. He may say “oh, I guess you’re a rich snob who doesn’t talk to us commoners” so that you will prove to him that you are a good person by talking. Again, think about why a stranger would say such a thing to a woman who is alone.
-He’ll do something for you. Buy a drink, pick up something for you, help you with a heavy load, anything so that you may subconsciously think you owe him. Always be thinking “he approached me” and “I didn’t ask for any help.” Nice is an act!
-Not listening to the word NO. This is a biggie that is common sense, and we ignore it. If he asks if he can grab that package you dropped and you say “no” and he picks it up anyhow and says something like “well, I can’t leave a lady in such a predicament, etc.” we may think that he’s just being nice. We ignore the fact that we said “no” and he didn’t listen. The problem is we’ll say “no” several times, and it gets a little weaker ever time. We might as well just say “I’m a victim and you can control me” when we do this!
-He will say “I promise.” “I’ll just carry this to your car and leave, I promise.” Why do we fall for this? Do you go around saying “I promise” all the time? Promises are used to convince us of intention. Think “why does he need to convince me of intention?” when you hear this word.

A stranger who approaches a woman while she is alone may be a good person, but probably not. A good person doesn’t approach a woman when she is alone, we know it scares her. Always, always keep in mind that anyone who does approach you is a major danger and that charm, niceness, etc. are the weapons he is using to harm you. BE SAFE!



  1. So then what do you do when something like that happens? He’s ‘nice’ but not aggressive (yet). Sometimes you do feel threatened, but not threatened enough to justify a kick to the groin. Running or walking away won’t be of much use in certain situations/places as the guy who approaches you will just walk with you.

    I’ve been thinking about these situations a lot and I still haven’t figured out entirely what to do. My KM teacher is very much about the preventive kicks/responses but just kicking someone because you suspect they *might* do something seems so crude/harsh/violent/ and unjustified.

    When does pre-emptive violence become justified? I don’t know. 😦

    • Good questions. I have written a blog in the past about listening to yourself. If you feel uneasy at all don’t think you are being silly, listen to what your head is telling you as your brain has picked something up you don’t see yet. Really, walk away. If he follows flat out tell him you don’t want him walking with you. Never be worried about appearing rude. Even if he meant no harm and thinks you are rude he is a stranger and will forget about you five minutes later. A decent guy should understand as we know we make females nervous. If you are right he will show himself by arguing or ignoring…then it is time for the kick!!

      • Thanks for your reply! I’m not sure whether all decent guys actually realise/understand that they make females nervous. I think some of them might have skipped that lesson.

        What you say about speaking up sounds very sensible. And about not worrying to be rude. It’s just so ingrained in my mindset to be polite, that it takes a bit of a mental adjustment to force myself to actually be rude. (Actually, a lot of the krav stuff is like that).

        I’ve had cases in which a (well-meaning?) guy walked with me even though I said it wasn’t necessary a few times. But nothing bad happened, at all. Except that I felt uncomfortable. Which is why I sort of doubt my instincts. (Maybe too paranoid) In future cases I’ll make sure to speak up more decisively, though! Thanks for clearing it up.

    • Hey Kravlady, i’m going to use some of this conversation in this week’s blog! Thanks for the input!

      • Not a problem. I’ll be looking forward to it! 🙂

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