I had an unexpected experience involving two guys tring to jump me a couple of days ago. I got out safely and let the police know about it but there was one thing that particularly bothered me.
They were repeatedly saying things like "wus'sup", "calm down", and "come on man." They were speaking softly as to not attract attention. It actually did confuse me for a second. It actually made it hard for me to fight back. Instead, I found myself trying to create space and make noise as one of them kept trying to get closer, still repeating himself. Normally, one would back off from someone trying to get away and telling them to get away, right?
The altercation ended when I realized they might be trying to mug me and that I had a bag hanging at my side. I grabbed it to check and see if it was still in one piece but I guess they thought I was reaching for a weapon.
When I spoke to a police officer, he said I should have yelled "fire" instead of help and most criminals will back off when they see their prey reach for a weapon. The problem is, as a martial artist, I was never even told that I'd have to train for an attacker trying to play mind games with me before or during the attack.
So the reason why I'm posting this is really to ask, what other mind games do predators use to get inside the heads of their prey?
I can give more details about the incident if you want but I'd like to get more information on mind games first.