Cognitive tricks & Skills – EN

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I list here in a non-exhaustive way some « tricks » from cognitive psychology, social psychology, neuroscience, ethology or concepts learned in the practice of traditional Japanese and Chinese martial arts and the practice of weapons. fire. These are useful from day to day, as attitudes or tools of mental or physical self-defense.

Enzan no Metsuke: The look of the distant mountain. Watch through the enemy. Always go beyond your target and see beyond. The peripheral look allows better attention for quick reactions. It is less precise than the foveal glance but allows a better attention, to widen the field of vision, and is more effective in the darkness and to the movement (connections with the areas sensitive to the movement and detection by the sticks in the peripheral look ). Allows reactions without pre-signal to the opponent from where the eye is pointing.
Mizu No Kokoro: the mind / heart like water. See this as the principles of accompanying attack and non-resistance like Systema or Aikido.
Hide in the light (Sun Tzu): the best concealment is done by hiding nothing, or by leaving in evidence what one wants to dissimulate. Full of derived applications. For what you want to hide, or to hide yourself. Create attention on only a part of what you want to hide, to better hide the rest.

Over-effort: always exceed the painful moment. The next phase is exciting after overcoming the mountains. Beautiful analogy with running and the moment when endorphins are triggered after 15 min of race for example. Overcoming the physical torture follows the same pattern, the one who tortures knows that he has just a few minutes before the endorphin release allows the tortured to resist and he will have to wait then before extracting confessions that this mechanism runs out, in cycles. As tortured, resist and not confess until the saving moment.

X-ray vision (Mark Changizi): an allegory but not really X-rays … Always look both eyes open when you are a human or a living being with the eyes facing forward. It’s not just the predators, but the animals living in the leafy environment that have their eyes oriented forward. The use of the two open eyes allows to see through an obstacle in front of oneself by the ocular convergence allowed by this anatomical arrangement, and is completed by perceptual and cognitive mechanisms of self-completion by the way. Same technique in CQB and recognition to shoot with both eyes open by aiming through a reddot type Aimpoint or Eotech, or to shoot at short range through a gun equipped with a silencer without being embarrassed by the vision of the latter despite his occupation of the field of vision.