Reestablishing the Balance of Power: Responding to Deceptive and Aggressive Tactics

  • James F. KennyEmail author


Attempting to deal with aggressive and manipulative people is rarely easy or pleasant. Deceptive tactics help aggressors gain momentary first-strike advantages and keep the targets temporarily unaware that they are in a fight. Once the targets recognize deceptive enticements, they should not waste time responding to them but act quickly to set up defenses. Should the aggressors attempt to distract and confuse them, the targets must remain focused and composed. When faced with aggressive controlling behaviors, the targets should attempt to manage them by maintaining calm, escaping, finding a safe place, and securing help. Those who successfully implement these strategies may stop the process to criminal victimization from progressing further.


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  1. 1.Fairleigh Dickinson UniversityTeaneckUSA

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