People are brilliant in a lot of ways. Some of us are book smart or creatively smart and some of us are geniuses when it comes to the survival of life in general. When you say 'street smarts' its not about living in the streets, its about living life day to day and having to wheel and deal with people in all sorts of ways, from all walks of life. You have to be wise to detail, and the intentions of a stranger can buy you decades.

Redditor u/kaylenequelinda wanted everyone to share their most useful tactics on survival by asking.... What's your most useful "street-smart" piece of advice?


The Choice is Yours!

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If you're in trouble (I.e. lost or searching for something specific) in a foreign country, decide who is going to help you.

Do not let someone random approach you and start leading you off to some random location just because you were looking lost. By merely looking like you know where you're headed these people that prey on tourists will completely ignore you. BadgerUltimatum

Stranger Danger! 

Teach your kids how to effectively draw attention to themselves if they are in danger. A screaming child gets nobody's attention. I was taught, if a stranger ever grabbed me, to scream at the top of my lungs, "LET GO OF ME! I DO NOT KNOW YOU!" Bread_Criticism

Listen Carefully.... 

If you don't feel like you should be somewhere, believe yourself and leave. madoneforever

Obligatory "my gut lies to me constantly somewhere between anxiety and heartburn."

Makes me wonder if forcing myself into a legitimately dangerous situation to evoke a "real" gut response would help alleviate all the fake ones and set some relativity to define nonsense anxious gut noise apart from "GTFO or probably die soon" gut response. Reddit

Look like your picture!! 

If you're meeting someone on one of those exchange apps like OfferUp, Close5, or even Craigslist, ALWAYS meet in a PUBLIC and WELL LIT area, preferably one with cameras. McDonalds and Starbucks are safe bets for me. Never bring strangers to your house. Even if nothing goes wrong, they might remember where you live and something bad could happen in a few years from the meet up. LovesPenguins

The Personal Space!

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If a person is invading your personal space in an aggressive manner, create some distance and keep a guard up.

I've witnessed countless, clueless people get knocked the hell out with a sucker punch because they wanted to appear non-threatening to a person who is clearly trying to cause them great bodily harm. aromaticRinger

Eyes Up! 

Don't walk while staring at your phone. Stop somewhere, pop inside a store or even a doorway to answer that text. Also turn down the brightness at night, you'll preserve your night vision.

Just watch your damn surroundings. 99% of the stuff that'll happen to you is NOT a stand-up fight where the attacker makes them self known to you and challenges you to your face. No, usually it's more than one person attacking you from different angles, none of which you expect. grassyblue

Its About Me!!! 

My personal safety is more important than your feelings. Beorbin

Okay... BYYEEEEEE!!!!

If strangers walk up to you asking for money or a moment of your time especially if they are fast talkers your answer should be sorry man I don't have any cash or I got to run man and keep moving, don't stop in place, keep the interaction as short as possible, play stupid. bogseywogsey

Just say NO! 

If you're in a sketchy part of town and a group of 3-4 dudes politely say "excuse me" or some crap to ask you for a lighter or the time or call you over for literally any reason, get the hell out of there, you damn idiot.

Recently i keep hearing about dummies walking over like hOw CaN i HeLp and getting robbed. i don't understand why this needs to be said, but it clearly does. kill_the_wasps

The real GLORY!!!

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There is no such thing as glory. Focus on getting things done rather than on getting praise for not having done anything. Abgahlorma

And a fair fight is one in which you didn't get hurt or killed. Often that means you didn't fight at all, but instead evaded the confrontation or ran off. BulbousAlsoTapered

HOOLIGANS!! 

When in a dangerous neighborhood Walk with your head up and don't walk too fast. Be polite and say hello if necessary but just focus on your own tasks at hand. It will make you seem as though you belong and aren't out of your element. When you're out of your element you become a prime target for would be "hooligans." chaoticbeliever

The Back-Up Plan! 

Two is one, one is none. Have backups. TNChrisW /r/

Your Body Knows....

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If two guys are coming towards you, and your instinct screams run! Run!

Now for a real street-smart advice, if you're feeling that the person in front of you is gonna do something, put your hand behind your back like if you were going to reach for something. But the truth is, you should run, instinct are your body and brain working at 100% speed to determine the best answer for a situation based on experience and capabilities, it's the only thing that's not lying to you. Hiyaro

Hey No!

Don't EVER answer to someone yelling "Hey" from across the street. I tell my kids to NEVER turn around or acknowledge anyone who refers to you as "Hey" because if they know you, they will call you by your name. If they don't know you, they (especially a grown man) have no business asking anything from a young kid, teenager of even an adult. idontthinkyoureright

Blood will flow.... 

If you are getting into a fight, you are getting hurt.

If you are getting into a knife fight, you are getting cut, and probably stabbed.

You are not going to pull some john wick stuff and walk away completely unscathed. The moment you enter into an altercation with a bladed or blunt weapon, and your attacker is armed in a similar fashion, you need to come to the realization that best case scenario, you both end up in an ambulance on the way to an ER.

worst case scenario, one or both of you don't get the opportunity to. tyler111762

Honesty.... 

The amount of sympathy or support you get from disclosing a medical illness is significantly less than the hassles it will cause you. BushOfEden

Be Prepared...

Split your money/ cards up on different areas of your body when you're traveling. Shoes, inner pocket, pants pocket, sock, etc. Also, leave a security method of payment where ever you are staying. If you get robbed you'll then have a way to pay for things and not be stranded. Reddit

Use your words.... 

If a threatening person approaches you looking for a fight say something that makes sense, implies a history, but is completely nonsensical, but very confidently and calmly.

Example: "I know but I don't think it will fit, I've been looking at them for a while and they are just too big. The hedges over in Seattle were much smaller, but these are much too tall, they just aren't going to work at all."

If the person is processing language, which they typically are. Their brain will be very confused. While they are processing the information, context, and your demeanor they are likely to lose a lot of their adrenaline and be much less likely to fight. At which point you can reason with them or leave. Most people get themselves really hyped up and just need an interruption out of their recursive loop. smashew

Walk proud...

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Walk with purpose and like you belong, people tend to get out of your way. bogseywogsey

Embrace your Crazy!

Don't present yourself as a potential victim.

Walking alone and not feeling safe?

Clench your fists and start talking to yourself like you're angry. Maybe try to bite the side of your face. People tend to avoid people they think they are already unstable or emotionally volatile. jait

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