Here is some useful information about how criminals select their victims. There is obviously more to the story, but this is helpful. They have a kind of intuition about which people are vulnerable and which potential victims are unlikely to resist or defend themselves. Some recent research continues to confirm this.
“Multiple studies have been done on how criminals select their victims. As such we have an accurate picture of what criminals look at in order to establish whether someone is vulnerable to victimization. Some of the most recent research on the subject confirms very startling notions.”
Also the author writes:
“What does this mean to the average person? The way you carry yourself can help single you out or rule you out for victimization. While there is victim selection criteria like your gender or age that you cannot change, you can stack the deck in your favor. Walking confidently and not exhibiting behaviors of distraction, ie: fidgeting, fumbling with cell phone, are minimal effort ways to help rule yourself out. In the simplest terms, do you walk like you have the ability to defend yourself? Do you drag your feet and act like a wounded animal? Most of us give these behaviors very little attention because we have been doing them the same for years. This was brought to my attention at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. We were shown countless videos, and spared countless more, of police officers falling victim to an attacker due to complacency and ultimately how they carried themselves. While you cannot control the people around you or their depravity, you do not have to carry yourself like a victim.”
Source: From the minds of Psychopaths: How not to be a victim – Beyond the Sights
Life as a Nonviolent Psychopath – The Atlantic.
Wow, this is one of the most interesting and thought provoking articles I have read in a long time. If you say the story out loud to yourself it sounds made believe, like a crime novel. A neuroscientist is researching the brains of psychopaths and discovers that he has the brain of a psychopath. Indeed he is a psychopath. He is completely indifferent to the feelings of others, and his life history supports this. Oh, and then there are his brain scan and DNA too. But he is learning to deal with it. Also, he is not violent. Why? Researchers suspect that even people with these kinds of structural and genetic dispositions, when they are raised through childhood and puberty in a loving and supportive environment they may still be weird or difficult but they won’t become violent.
His own experience also caused him to reevaluate the idea that genetics and biology are absolutely determinative of future behavior. In his own case there is data to show that environment works together with biology. And this has lead him to reevaluate the data.
His conclusion about the age of soldiers sent to war is also worth pondering:
“It means, for example, that if you have to go to war, and sometimes you probably have to go to war… you do not send 18-year-olds into it, because their brains aren’t set. They don’t know how to adjudicate what’s happening emotionally and hormonally with the intellectualization of it. When you’re 20, 25, it’s a different matter because things gel a little more. Our emotions don’t get away from us as much in terms of what is happening. Other factors, sociological ones like what soldiers return to, are also important, but we’re not going to get rid of war any time soon, so we might as well engage in a way that does the least amount of damage.”