10 Tips for Intimidating an Opponent

Logical Spiritualism Intimidation tactics are only intended for use when violence and direct physical conflict cannot be avoided. All of Logical Spiritualism’s violent tactics are used for the defense of life, but Logical Spiritualists realize that the best defense is often a strong offense.

As a last resort, protect with violence, intimidate with resolve and conquer with righteous rage.

When considering Intimidation tactics, most people would probably say the most intimidating thing about a person is their observable size and strength. This would be in error.

As you peruse the list below, you may be surprised to find there are two factors even more intimidating than a massive muscle ripped juggernaut...

10. Resiliency

Resiliency would rarely come into play, since most confrontations rarely escalate into physical violence, however, if an opponent is dealing you damage and you are consistently coming back for more and returning fire, that’s likely to start putting some serious doubts in their mind as to the outcome of the fight. And if you can take their best shot and still keep coming, you’re probably driving a stake right into the heart of their confidence.

9. Self-sacrifice

Again, self-sacrifice is a secondary tactic, since it would only come into play after a fight has already begun.

An example of self-sacrifice would be head-butting an opponent in the face. The idea is that there’s a certain level of intimidation stemming from the fact that A.) You’re willing to damage yourself in order to damage them and B.) You’ll do whatever it takes to win.

For example, what if someone was about to rob you. They think they’re tough and when you tell them to back off, they just laugh. Then abruptly, you punch yourself in the side of the head three or four times as hard as you can, giggle, look them square in the eye and ask, “Well, what are you waiting for?”

Okay, it’s unlikely that someone would actually do this, primarily because it’s easier and less painful to inflict damage on your opponent, but wouldn’t this be an interesting tactic for a pacifist? You’re not doing any violence towards anyone but yourself and yet, you may eliminate the need to fight by use of these outlandish scare tactics. Ironic, isn’t it?

It’s a virtual lock that if your potential attacker doesn’t turn tail and run outright, they will be confused, shaken and very much at risk of losing any physical confrontation with you, because you’ve already planted the seed of doubt in their head on two levels. First, you’ve demonstrated a willingness to self-sacrifice simply to prove a point, so imagine what you’d do to reach your objective and two, you’ve proven to be completely unpredictable and people don’t like fighting opponents they can’t anticipate, because it’s more dangerous.

8. Pain amplification

When your opponent inflicts pain upon you, they expect an outward sign of their victory. They expect you to emit a cry, a sob, a whimper, or perhaps even a submission.

If you yield none of these to your opponent, they will be left with the lesser reward.
You turn the tables by not giving them these things. You will put doubt in their mind. They will wonder, “Am I hurting them? How can they withstand this? Could I withstand this? Can I win?”

The Pain Amplification technique is a combat staple of Logical Spiritualism and you can read more about it in LS Subjects.

The object is to accept the pain inflicted upon you by your opponent without exuding any outward sign or effect, then amplify that pain, multiply it, let your rage turn it into something more vengeful and devastating and give it back to your attacker in spades.

Some people say, “I believe in an eye for an eye.”

A person utilizing pain amplification would say, “I believe in an eye for two eyes.”

Your objective is to give more pain than you receive, to do more damage than you endure and to induce more doubt and fear than you experience.

One might ask, “But how can I multiply pain?”

The answer is, you must be vengeful. You must be angry. You must infuse the pain with rage. You must seek to do greater damage and cause more pain. This is without limits.

To understand how to infuse pain with rage, read Rage Amplification in LS Subjects. 

7. Threats

A robber comes at you. He wants to steal your car. He says, “Give me your money or your life!”
Of course, the smart thing is probably to just give him your money, but not everyone is willing to abide the moral injustice and indignity.

If you stand and fight, there isn’t necessarily any intimidation factor you’re producing.

However, if you say, “If you don’t leave now, I’m gonna break your #*!% neck!”

If you mean it, you believe what you say and you say it with confidence, you are almost guaranteed to intimidate your potential attacker and possibly even send them packing.

Such threats, which are backed by the proper honesty of posture and inflection, can wilt an opponent.
However, be aware that most dogs have loud barks and weak bites.

Make sure you’re prepared to back-up what you say. Threats can also escalate tense situations and if your intention is simply to bluff, you’re better off doing that at a card table, or somewhere else where you’re less likely to get killed.

6. Poise

If they threaten you, you laugh.

If they hit you, you strike back.

If they pull a knife, you prepare yourself.

Poise, unflappability, or calmness under pressure, is an essential ingredient to any defense measure.

Possessing great poise will make you more prepared, confident and decisive. Meanwhile, your opponent will generally try to shake your confidence and your belief that you will win.  If you maintain your cool, they could be the ones losing their confidence and becoming less prepared, measured and decisive.

5. Invulnerability

None of us are invulnerable, however, we can create the perception that we are invulnerable by not betraying a hint of fear, confusion, uncertainty or doubt. This is mental invulnerability. Physically, certainly you cannot pretend that a solid blow is doing no damage to you, but how you react to that damage leaves a tremendous impression, either positive or negative, on your opponent.

Imagine a bully is picking on a younger defenseless student and the confrontation has turned physical. The victim is unwilling or unable to defend themselves. You step in on the victim’s behalf. The bully surprises you with his speed and willingness to fight by catching you with a right hook to the side of your head. It hurts you badly.

First of all, you shouldn’t have been caught off guard.

Secondly, if you whimper, cringe or clutch the side of your face, the bully will gain confidence, strength and determination. 

However, if you maintain your hurt internally and turn your pain inside, betraying no obvious sign of damage, you will be sapping his confidence and determination. You will begin to place doubt in his mind.

Meanwhile, if you use Rage Amplification and Pain Multiplication, you will be summing up extra power, focus, confidence and determination for the coming confrontation. Further use of Intimidation tactics could result in scaring off the bully all together and a violent confrontation might become unnecessary, which is the ideal situation.

4. Sound

A yell, roar or snarl during combat can actually have a myriad of positive effects.

First, it takes a sense of courage and confidence to issue such a determined sound into the typical meek conflagration of unobtrusive sounds. By simply completing the action you should be boosting your courage and confidence and reaffirming your self-belief. You are bearing your fangs to your opponent. They know you are coming at them with confidence.

Second, a yell, roar, snarl, or perhaps even a growl, is likely to be unexpected by your opponent and if you do it with confidence, the move can plant the seeds of doubt in their mind, if it doesn’t unnerve them completely.

How would you feel if you were about to physically engage an opponent and their physical demeanor said, “I want to destroy you as soon as possible” and then they snarled like a rabid wolverine, just waiting to sink their teeth into you. Is that the type of person you’d want to fight? Does it instill confidence in you?

No. Probably not.

Let them hear you roar. It will fill their heart with dread, while making yours soar with animalistic delight.

Laughter can also put-off would-be enemies.

Imagine your enemy is telling you all the ways they’re going to hurt you and instead of showing anxiety or fear, you burst out in earnest laughter.

Such behavior would surely put doubt and the fear of your unpredictability in your opponent’s mind.
Your opponent will be thinking, “What does this person know that I don’t know? They must have the upper-hand, since they’re not even taking me seriously. Maybe I’m in over my head.”

Will laughing at someone who wants to fight you always help you avoid a fight? No, but it can, and it can also help you win one.

Also keep in mind, you can’t laugh like a school girl, or snarl like a Chihuahua, before a fight, just because Logical Spiritualism Intimidation tactics recommends it. That won’t be intimidating. You will look like a fool and you’ll actually lose confidence, which is a gain for your opponent.

It needs to come from inside.

You need to laugh, because it’s amusing someone would have the audacity to fight you and only you know how badly you’re about to hurt that person.

You need to snarl, because you’re letting your inner animal out of its cage and it’s about to take someone’s head off. It’s the animal speaking, not you.

3. Physical Package

Sure, no list of intimidating factors would be complete without the simple truth of a person’s appearance.

If you are a slight, frail-looking individual, opponents are probably not going to be intimidated.

If you are a chubby out-of-shape guy with a beer-gut and flabby biceps, you’re not going to hit a 10 on the intimidation factor, but if you use the other intimidation techniques on this list, you could still come close.

Tattoos can be another visual deterrent. Tattoos shout alternative, unpredictable and perhaps even dangerous, if for no other reason than that the person has already demonstrated a willingness to endure pain to achieve their objective of getting the tattoos in the first place.

So the truth is, if you want to prepare yourself for a possible emergency situation, or you want to have a career as an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighter, preparation begins long before your first altercation. If you exercise, weight train, build muscle and stay in shape, you’re going to maintain a visual deterrent factor.

For example, many men, who are rugged-looking, heavily muscled and tattooed are extremely unlikely to have physical confrontations with other people, unless they’re looking for trouble. The visual deterrent is so strong that most people have no intention of having a physical confrontation with them.

If you don’t know what type of person this description refers to, look up Brock Lesner or Bill Goldberg on the internet, check their height and weight and ask yourself if these are men you would really enjoy fighting. 

2. Unpredictability

Acting in unpredictable ways and making unconventional decisions will throw most opponents off. This can take place, even before the physical conflict begins and can actually help to circumvent a violent confrontation.

Look at the LS subject on Bullies for example; berating yourself better than your opponent can put significant doubt in their minds and allow them a face-saving out, which will often result in them avoiding a physical confrontation with you.

Several of the tactics on this list are unusual and unpredictable. Tactics like barking, growling, snarling, head-butting, biting, hitting oneself and laughing or giggling during a physical altercation can all amplify doubt in an opponent. Meanwhile, most of these tactics also help amplify self-confidence in you.

1.    Confidence

When an opponent looks in your eyes and realizes you’re not going to wilt, few things are more intimidating. They know they’re going to have to take a hard bite of crusty well-spiced bruschetta, instead of tearing into a piece of meek, flavorless, white bread.

Most battles are won and lost on the basis of confidence.

Few things lend themselves to success better than the belief that you will succeed.  




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8 comment(s).
Truc Bac Dan Huong - 4/14/2018 2:13:07 AM
When the enemy causes pain to you, they expect an external sign of their victory. They expect you to cry, cry, embarrass, or even present.

If you do not bring your opponent, they will be left with lower rewards.
You turn tables by not giving them these things. You will put doubt in their minds. They will ask themselves, "Am I hurt them? How can they bear this? Can I bear this? Can I win?"
noko - 11/17/2017 2:18:36 PM
Ask a robber, soon to be attacker if they know what sound the human body makes when stabbed in the throat with a pen. (take out a pen from your pocket) then stare them down through your eyebrows with a slight smile on one side of your face. practice this look in the mirror
Paul is not my name - 12/30/2015 6:40:37 AM
Paul??
Malcolm Pauly - 6/14/2015 11:57:35 PM
1. Study SYSTEMA. I have studied five Asian Martial arts I and I can assure you the Russian system is the most effective on the planet. It is also the most covert and preferred by spies the world over.
2. Use the breathing techniques to stay relaxed and calm.
3. If you are an MKULTRA sleeper assassin, say so. Tell them in a court of law it would be easy to be declared legally insane and so you will not go to jail.
4. Tell them you have survived two assassination attempts in the last year because you have broken free from you US special forces (JTF)
5. Show them your MKULTRA tattoo
6. Your days are numbered and you have little to live for except your honour.
7. Tell them all the ways you know to injure them seriously, or terminate them
If they still insist in getting physical, disarm any knife or gun, and either break a bone or just put them in a 'soft metal' hold untill the police arrive
Logical Spiritualism - 1/29/2015 12:09:26 PM
Thanks for the suggestion, Paul!

Yes, violating someone's personal space while maintaining eye contact can be very intimidating, so that's a great suggestion!

Sometimes you can really back someone down that way.

However, if this is a physical confrontation, in which violence is possible, or even likely, getting that close to an opponent can get you punched in the face and/or knocked out, before you have a chance to respond.

This can be a great tactic for non-violent situations, or in some cases, for example, with a bully, who is really a coward, to avoid violent situations.
Paul McGee - 1/29/2015 11:51:08 AM
What about interfering personal space and maintaining eye contact? i don't know about you but that can intimidate people better in some cases.
Logical Spiritualism - 5/27/2012 5:59:49 AM
Thanks for the comment, Paul.

Yes, you bring up a good point. Any or all of these tactics may fail and that's true of all things.

That's one of the amazing things about life. There is no perfect recipe for success, not in intimidation tactics or in anything else.

The best we can hope to do is make the best decisions possible and back them up with confidence and execution. Part of everything is out of our hands and up to the universe.

In regard to your specific example, while it is possible that someone is too impaired to notice or respond appropriately to these intimidation tactics, it is even more likely that someone so impaired is A.) of little threat to you, due to their high level of impairment B.) even more likely to be influenced by your intimidation tactics, because they're working on a more basic level. For example, they are probably not going to be as measured, controlled, or influenced by peer pressure. "Fear" is one of the most basic emotions and it could be argued that a highly impaired person would be more likely to experience fear, not less.

Since your goal in intimidating an opponent is to cast doubt, confusion and fear, it may be even easier against an opponent who is already confused and working on a more basic emotional platform.
Paul Wanjau - 5/27/2012 2:34:27 AM
There are cases where all this tips may fail(are they case proven?) consider fighting a drunkard or someone whose high on drugs.

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