Flaring nostrils as a red flag?
Did you know flaring nostrils can signal a potential attack? When we are about to take massive physical action, our adrenal glands kick into action. This causes an immediate demand for oxygen in the body. When someone is concealing this need for oxygen, they will usually keep their mouths closed so as not to broadcast their intent.
When a need for oxygen is paired with concealment of intent, the nostrils flare in order to increase the amount of oxygen being delivered to the brain in preparation for a fight. This happens anywhere from 45 seconds to 5 seconds before a subject takes action to either flee or attack a law enforcement official.
Training officers in behavior skills not only increases awareness on the job, it can give them more time to respond when time is the most important factor: time saves lives as much as body armor does.
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