View Full Version : How many people listen to their inner danger alarm?

January 12, 2009, 07:41 PM
I have been in some situations where my inner voice, alarm, whatever you want to call it told me to flee or take some sort of action...sometimes I listen and sometimes I don't...I question it and take the few seconds to think about it...lucky for me I have had nothing life threatening happen when I decided to question it...But almost all of the time I say after "hey why didn't I listen to myself and get the he** out of there?"...Maybe I carry to much hope that "it" can't happen to me or that people aren't as bad as we think...But I know they are, I have seen it with my own eye's all over the world and sometime I still just don't listen...Well just thought I would throw it out there..I'm really trying to listen to myself because 9.9 times out of 10...I'm right...anyone else?

January 12, 2009, 07:49 PM
Maybe my mother watched too many spy thriller movies during WW2 when she was carrying me, . . . but I have for the biggest part of my life, . . . been cognizant of what is going on around me.

Yeah, . . . I did some stupids, . . . we all do, . . . but just about every time, . . . I had that inner warning before, . . . and just ignored it.

Lately, though, . . . the inner guy has been watching a whole lot closer, . . . and I've just been happy to see him work. And for what it is worth, . . . some of his new tricks he learned on this forum and on 1911.com.

May God bless,

Don P
January 12, 2009, 08:48 PM
Here is a book I suggest you read.
The Gift of Fear - by - Gavin De Becker
It is an excellent read on our sixth sense ( something does not feel right ):eek:. In his words from the book, DO NOT IGNORE YOUR 6TH SENSE!:eek:

tony pasley
January 12, 2009, 08:55 PM
I usually listen.

January 12, 2009, 09:13 PM
How many people listen to their inner danger alarm?

I just wish it would get my name right.

I get tired of......

Danger Will Robinson!, Danger Will Robinson!


January 12, 2009, 09:21 PM
always! im very paranoid allready!

January 12, 2009, 09:52 PM
LOL Curt.

I always heed my Spidey-sense

January 12, 2009, 10:25 PM
I don't need an inner alarm.

I have good judgement, awareness and attitude

January 12, 2009, 11:35 PM
If I had a Spidey-sense I would defo listen, but I dont think I do. I usually just avoid bad looking neighborhoods/zones.

January 12, 2009, 11:58 PM
I need to adjust my tin foil...wait...yes! that's it. I do listen to my inner voice. Sometimes I think its snoring. No, wait, that's my wife. :D

Joking aside, I don't think I have a developed sixth sense. I try to keep a good eye on whats around me. I try to give myself a bit of space around building corners, parked cars, cover areas in general. If I think a BG could use it...I avoid it.


January 13, 2009, 01:23 AM
I live every waking hour in condition yellow now. Sometimes I think I may be overdoing it but I'm ok with that. Im not scared of what may happen but I am afraid. I'm afraid for my family and your family, but I'm not scared. Know what I mean? Every day when I wake up I say to myself "today may be the day" and I'm afraid but I'm not scared.

January 14, 2009, 07:24 AM

It's better to be wrong safe then wrong dead.

January 14, 2009, 08:30 AM
Here is a book I suggest you read.
The Gift of Fear - by - Gavin De Becker
It is an excellent read on our sixth sense ( something does not feel right ). In his words from the book, DO NOT IGNORE YOUR 6TH SENSE!

Read it! In fact, the title jumped into my mind when I saw the title of the thread.
I agree, excellent read. What you get from it dovetails with this thread: It's amazing how fine tuned the "early warning system" is, and how often we 'uns ignore it 'cause we think we're being unreasonable or paranoid!

January 14, 2009, 09:59 AM
Many people have the ability to "sense" something is wrong and take action on it. Others have to look around and see something suspicious or out of kilter for the location. Sadly, some folks are oblivious and will walk in to the middle of a barroom brawl and be shocked that it's occurring.

This "sense" can work on a subconcious level too. A few times it's worked that way for me and I'm glad it did. The best example was when my wife and I were helping friends celebrate a promotion with another couple. Around 10:45 we're having drinks in a small bar that's about half filled up when two men entered the bar. They ordered drinks from the bar and stood there while the hair on the back of my neck stood up for no apparent reason. I suggested we all go around the corner to a quieter bar and we did. We found out the next day that the two men had robbed the bar and patrons just about 10 minutes later.

It took me a while to figure out what triggered my subconcious alarm. Two men enter a bar on a Saturday evening, get drinks and then don't talk to each other. They don't split up either. Both take small sips of their beers. Uh-oh. None of this registered in the forebrain which was thinking up clever puns for our conversation. It's almost like the air pressure changed and I looked around for the cause, spotted the two guys and it was time to go.

Other people notice something "unusual" and look further, see things that don't seem right so they leave or prepare for some kind of action.

January 14, 2009, 11:54 AM
Pay attention to your feelings better safe than sorry. Most always you will be right.

January 14, 2009, 12:10 PM
Watched a great research video on "luck".
They took a group and divided them into people who considered themselves "Lucky" and another who considered themselves "unlucky".

They then put these people through a series of "events" to test what was going on.

For example, a $20 bill laying in the street.

Every one of the "Lucky" people walking along was paying enough attention to their surroundings to notice the bill and pick it up. Every one of the "unlucky" people were so busy with cellphones, ipods, reading newspapers, or just plain in "condition white" that they strolled obliviously past the money on the ground.

I've always been "lucky" and working in LE honed that "instinct" and my ability to listen to it.

(for your amusement... People just don't pay attention (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5ktEEmai_M)!)

January 14, 2009, 01:37 PM
I always listen to that sense when it goes off. I'd like to be more observant and to have a more highly honed sense of something being 'not right', but I'm grateful for what bit of this sense that I do have.

January 14, 2009, 01:40 PM
The thing that keeps me SA is keeping head on swivel and looking at people. It also camoflages my girl watching in front of wife.

January 14, 2009, 03:34 PM
(for your amusement... People just don't pay attention!)

That's great!

January 15, 2009, 09:10 PM
Sixth sense? Perhaps, but like all other extraordinary skills of that vein you have to be open to it. If you believe in a sixth sense it will work for you. If you don't you will miss the obvious signs of danger that your sixth sense shows you.

I believe in the sixth sense of awareness. But I also believe in consciously always surveying your surroundings. If you are aware of who and what is in your danger area you are already moving towards appropriate defensive actions through planning for the threat.

January 15, 2009, 09:50 PM
I'm glad I have my inner alarm. There's a lot of times I wonder where the heck it was at when I could have used it, but I'm glad it's there most of the time.

January 16, 2009, 12:13 AM
I always listen, and it has never been wrong. When it goes off, I run screaming the other way. Noise is important, just in case trouble catches me - someone should hear my screaming.

January 16, 2009, 12:19 AM
I listen to it, and it gets much louder when I watch the A&E channel...lol

January 16, 2009, 01:04 AM
When I sense something is wrong, I tend to look for something out of the ordinary, although sometimes I just leave. It has served me well several times while playing airsoft or other competitions, but not any severe situations that I know of.

Para Bellum
January 17, 2009, 03:35 AM
A friend of mine should have listened. A customer of our firm made a very tense and (internally) agressive impression to me. I warned my business-partner about this guy. My partner ment, "Uh, he's ok, relax". The next day this customer returned to our business, dashed straight to my partners desk and repeatedly stabbed him in the head until - for pure luck - the folding knive's joint broke. My partner's face was mashed on one side but his throat was untouched. He is 95% ok now and works again. The BG is shizoid paranoic, was in the puzzle factory for 4 years and is being prepared for his release (that makes me wanna puke).

Always, ALWAYS listen to your inner voice. It's what some of us admire in wild animals: Instict. We have it to, we just have to listen.

January 17, 2009, 01:18 PM
My personal morals and values drive me to be polite and kind but (at times) my instinct demands that I be fair, firm and direct. One night in a half lite parking lot my my Wife asked me "why did you act all rude when that man asked you to speak with him?" I told her that if his issue was innocent then at worst he thinks I am a jerk. If his issue was some kind of deception then he may give pause about picking us a a target.

January 17, 2009, 02:30 PM
My spider sense became very well developed due to some training I received from a little group of British military and 20 years on a hit list from an outfit in Eastern Europe. The past 12 years of living in a small, rural, farming commuity has dulled it some, but it sure jumps up again if I visit the "big town."


January 17, 2009, 02:41 PM
Ever since I was a child I have had this gift....and listened to it. I firmly believe this "6th sense" is actually just the brain combining and interpreting the other five senses. A family member can quietly enter the house while I'm showering, and I'll know exactly where they are. You can feel the slight vibrations they make as they move. My hearing, sight, smell, and touch have always been very sensitive (my taste is average).

There have been numerous occasions when somebody we knew of seemed "just great" to everybody else but me. Sure enough, eventually this "just great" person would prove me right. The family still rolls their eyes when I mention this feeling about people, despite my very accurate track record.

I've become pretty darn good at detecting lies, too.

January 17, 2009, 03:57 PM
Hang in there, NAK. I actually think that my sense of taste is the only real good sense I have....and it shows. LOL.

January 17, 2009, 04:15 PM
I've always been aware of the inner voice. Most of the time I listen, and when I don't, it usually means a price to pay. No serious damage done to date, so I count my blessings. It's all the little things that come to mind when I saw the thread. Walking into the Walgreens at 6:00 a.m., stopping 20ft inside, and for whatever reason, stopping to turn and look back at my vehicle, parked 40 yds away to find a man at my vehicle window, looking inside, and he turning to find me staring at him from inside the store...I rarely stop entering a store to see if "my vehicle is alright", so why this time? My wife and I joke about my heightened sense all the time. Another example, which happens all the time-we're driving back from somewhere and out of the blue I recall that I hadn't receive a rebate, or something I've been expecting for 8 weeks, and we go to the mailbox, and what do we find....it's funny at times...but, I do pay attention, and steer clear in serious situations. Better safe than sorry..
Stay safe..

January 17, 2009, 04:39 PM
I hit the snooze button :cool:

January 20, 2009, 01:23 PM
I posted in another forum about this, but its timely.

My wife had called and wanted to meet at the mall for dinner directly after work, so we made a plan to meet at X at Y o'clock. Once we met she told me that she was upset because...

While parking the car she looked up to see a gentleman in overalls knocking on the window and asking her to roll it down (issue 1). She cracked it a bit and he stated that he had been driving behind her trying to get her attention as "sparks were coming out from under the car.." He stated his wife was in the minivan parked perpendicular to the parked cars. Large urban mall, well lit.

He stated he was a mechanic and looked under the FR wheel well and tried to show her where her brakes " were about to fall off..."

She left her bag and phone in the car with the kids, locked the door and got out to look (issue 2). He tried to get her to look and was reaching behind the wheel and saying something along the lines of " i cant believe you are driving its about to come off..."

Wife said by this time (issue 3) the flags were up, she was only now uncomfortable with the situation and curtly said " I'm meeting my husband, I'll have him look at it" and got back in the car. They waited til he drove off before heading in.

She did get a good description of both man and vehicle.

Over dinner we discussed it a bit..not wanting to scare the kids, but I immed went out and looked at the car. Nothing wrong at all, drove around the lot a few times and the brakes were fine and there was nothing under the vehicle to cause sparks...

I told her it was my opinion she was interviewed and honestly lucky. We passed on to mall security and had a few more chats about it.

Part of my issue was the feeling that if anything happened I wasnt there and couldnt do anything about it...but it has opened a line of communication regarding SA and other things.

She is not the type to carrry on a daily basis, although she will shoot with me on occasion...it did serve to turn on her awareness.

Hard Ball
January 20, 2009, 06:12 PM
I do all the time.

January 20, 2009, 08:54 PM
I've listened to that voice a few times in the past.

Only once (that I know of) did it keep my skin intact. Had I not turned and looked over my shoulder that day I imagine I'd have been stabbed and robbed.

January 21, 2009, 02:09 AM
The times when I attempt to ignore and rationalize away these feelings, always end up with "hard times".

When I act accordingly, in concert with these feelings, life is good.

I don't always fully understand, or know about, or see, or control the world around me; good thing too!

In my opinion, it is one of those subjects that if studied too hard and too directly it becomes impossible to view. (Occam's razor)

Faith/belief in something greater than oneself is powerful.

January 21, 2009, 11:55 AM
I always listen to mine, and it has been right many times. I have even convinced my wife to pay attention to hers. The other night out of the blue she took my .45 out of the safe & put it near her. When I came downstairs later she said she was sitting at the computer & the strangest, creepy feeling came over her & she knew she needed to get a weapon out & near her. Nothing happened that evening, but I was proud of her, as paranoid as it seems to most people, it was her paying attention to her "spidey sense" that made me proud.

(I was sitting above her in my loft office, there is a loaded shotgun up there I can control the front door & living room from the balcony. But she was in the kitchen which is contains the back door.)

Michael Bane
January 21, 2009, 08:12 PM
I've spent a lot of time as a cave diver, scuba diving in caves. I learned a huge amount about training when I went through the grueling cave diving certification. In the "culture" of cave diving, it is considered the height of rudeness to ask another cave diver why he or she "called," or cancelled a dive. Anybody can call a dive for any reason at any time...you have to trust the back of your head.

A decade ago, my mountain climbing partner died on Annapurna IV in Nepal the year after we'd spent a hellish month on Mt. McKinley in Alaska. He begged me to go with him. "We're not gonna have to suffer like we did in Alaska...it's just a big walk-up," he told me. I was flat broke, an a trip A few months after he died, I saw a video of him at base camp. He said to the guide, "I feel like the wheels are coming off this one...someone's going to die." Rest in peace on the mountain, brother.

My first cave diving instructor, John Orlowski, told me that someday the most macho, most ballsy thing I would ever have to do would be to walk away from something that felt hinky...listen to the voice in the back of your head!

Michael B