Threat ritual between humans | knife versus knife conflict | Real Violence For Knowledge

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Just a quick share about F-F-F response during a threat ritual.

See some interesting behavioural patterns during this short conflict between two men with a knife.

Threat postures or threat display is a type of display behaviour aiming at intimidation of a potential enemy. The competitive advantage of threat display lies in overstating one's aggressive potential and thus increasing the chances that the opponent chooses to flee (fight-or-flight response). The opposite strategy is submission, behaviour aiming at understating one's aggressive potential in order to dissuade the opponent from attacking.

Connection with animals: Animals have evolved to use their physical attributes as a display of ability. If contests can be resolved with ritual display, fighting is not needed. Display can be used to dispute for mates, territory, and food through symbolic gestures instead of battles to the death. If an animal can display without fighting that he is more physically fit than his opponent, he will have gained more than he would have if he had fought and in the process possibly been injured.



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