We all know that body language can improve our mood, increase our confidence, and make us more likable. Even something as mundane as the way we walk can send certain messages about our personality, life satisfaction, and sexual orientation*. Furthermore, it makes sense that our body language can impact an offender’s decision to victimize us. As offenders want someone who will be an easy victim, “winning,” confident body language is a deterrent to offenders, especially paired with observational awareness. However, did you know that some offenders can identify if someone has been a victim of violent crime (and would be a “good” victim) simply by the way someone walks? It’s true. Ted Bundy said “he could tell by the way she walked down the street, the tilt of her head, the manner in which she carried herself,” that she would be a victim. Two studies found that psychopathic offenders can identify if someone has been victim simply by their gait. Similarly, psychopaths are more adept at determining if someone is more assertive and more likely to resist if victimized.
This is just a fun fact I thought this group would enjoy.
*sources available upon request