Social Temperature is kind of self-explanatory, but I think it warrants touching on.

The TL;DR version is that anywhere you are there is a base level of social interaction. Once you get acclimated to that, your brain can better filter out what info it can ignore and what info is worth paying attention to for potential problems.

I think this is important because a lot of people harp on “situational awareness” but don’t really delve into the details of what that process looks like. To the uninitiated, they think that can mean eyeballing everyone around you and doing a full threat evaluation. This is unrealistic and emotionally draining. Not to mention, if you eyeball the wrong person in the wrong way, it has a real probability of increasing that social friction we’re trying to avoid.

Once you’ve taken a Shivworks class where they discuss Managing Unknown Contacts or avail yourself of the resources that actually address threat recognition (Claude Werner, William Aprill, John Hearne, off the top of my head), you realize that the goal is to learn better what you can safely ignore. That frees up your processing speed for the novel stimuli that actually warrant more attention.

Alex Sansone took his first formal pistol class in 2009, and has since
accumulated almost 500 total hours of open enrollment training from many of the nation’s top instructors including Massad Ayoob, Craig Douglas, Tom Givens, Gabe White, Cecil Burch, Chuck Haggard, Darryl Bolke, and many others.

Spending his professional life in the corporate world, Alex quickly realized incongruities between “best practices” in the defensive world, and the practical realities of his professional and social limitations.

“I’ve never carried a gun professionally. I’m just a yuppie suburbanite that happens to live an armed lifestyle.

Having worked in the corporate arena for the last decade, I’ve discovered that a lot of the “requirements” and norms of gun carriers at large aren’t necessarily compatible with that professional environment.

I also have a pretty diverse social background, having grown up in the Northeast, and there are many people in my life that are either gun-agnostic or uncomfortable with the idea of private gun ownership.

This has afforded me not only insights into how we are perceived by different subcultures, but how to manage and interact with people that may not share your point of view without coming across as combative or antisocial.

This is why my focus is the overlooked social aspects of the armed lifestyle.”

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