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Specialized Profession-LiveI am Yousef Badou, a former U.S. Marine and I teach people Behavior Profiling and Tracking-Ask Me Anything!

Jan 12th 2018 by PeoplePredictor • 22 Questions • 34 Points

I served for 10 years in the US Marine Corps and then went on to teach at the Marine Combat Hunter Program for the last decade. I just started my own business teaching people to profile behavior in order to proactively look for threats or violence before they happen. I also teach tracking to Police, Fire and Search and Rescue.

https://behavior-profiling.thinkific.com/collections https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SgmYTtSYfM&feature=youtu.be

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Is there one thing that you could teach a civilian going overseas to do that would help them before they get into trouble?

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Just one thing would be tough, but if I could tell you only one thing would be to observe where peoples attention is. When you walk into an area, does everybody go about their business or does someone shift their body language and orient on you? Most people don't realize what cues they are giving off. Also, watch for anybody who exhibits situational awareness. Odds are they are some kind of player.


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How would you differentiate between a true player and someone that is also -perhaps naturally- situationally aware?

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Situational awareness just indicates situational awareness. I couldn't tell you if that person is a bad guy but most people do not exhibit situational awareness. It's either a good guy or bad guy that tend to do this. You have to figure which one they are through more sustained observation. Whoever it is just got my full attention though.


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Being a Marine who recently just got out after 5 years, in an intelligence related job, I tend to practice basic situational awareness almost everywhere I go. Especially when out with family or wife.

A week or so ago I was in Target while my wife was walking up and down a cosmetics aisle and I was staying with the buggy on my phone and people watching. I likely looked suspicious since I have fully grown out my beard and was wearing loose fitting, comfortable sweats.

I noticed an employee acting like he was looking at something on a shelf down the aisle but he wasn't really doing anything.. Then he looked at me and we made eye contact and I kept my gaze until he looked away. Then as he walked away I could see by the writing on his shirt that he was store security. Made me chuckle a bit.

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Semper Fi Brother! That is textbook example of knowing where peoples attention are focused. When you try to act like you're doing one thing but really doing something else, it can stick out if you're paying attention. Also when someone's behavior appears to have no beginning or end you need to pay attention.


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Thank you for writing “try to” instead of “try and”!

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No problem ;)


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Thanks very much, I am pretty happy go lucky individual, sadly I know I am not that observant, so thanks much for the tip!

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You might not think you're observant but we are all actually hardwired for it. It's just like working out a muscle group, all you need is some training and it kicks back in!


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What is the most common indication that someone is up to no good? Looking for something practical we can all use in our day to day lives. Thanks in advance!

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There are many behaviors out there but one you need to pay attention to is Pacifying behavior. Rubbing the back of the neck, self touch, face cleansing, tapping of the foot. wringing hands etc. This indicates that an individual is under some type of fear or threat response. Doesn't mean 100% he is a bad guy, just that person is dealing with upper levels of stress and you should pay attention.


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You just described every little bit of my behaviour when I am sitting in a bar drinking some beers. Yet I am not looking for fights or trouble, I am just stressed because of anxiety and depression. Can those things cause the same body language ?

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Yes they can. Your brain is very binary when it comes to threat. Either it's a threat or not to your brain and your body will react in similar ways. This is why I never say "oh he's lying" or "he's 100% a bad guy!" You have to do some type of sustained observations to tell if someone is up to no good.


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Holy shit I never knew those were signs of somebody being up to no good. Guess I´ll have to work on my body sign language and calm down a bit. Thanks a lot !

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Got to start somewhere!


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Hi Yousef! Would you recommend "Left of Bang" for civilians as a form of continuing education on the subject of awareness and profiling? Additionally, are there any other books other than your awesome courses that would help us stay sharp?

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Enthusiastically recommend the book. The author and I served together at the program and it is the meat and potatoes of what I teach. However most people just read a book and think the learning stops there. If you want to get good at profiling you have to constantly exercise it like a muscle group. Another good primer is "what everyBODY is saying" by Joe Navarro (sp) and "The Gift of Fear" by Gavin DeBecker to get you started.


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How can you maintain good situational awareness without giving off the telltale signs that you are?

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That is actually pretty hard to do if you are maintaining real situational attention. It's actually what I rely on to give people away. There are some types of urban masking like sunglasses and head ware that can minimize some indicators but not get rid of all of them. You can fool some people some of the time but not all of the people all of the time.


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which celebrities that have not been accused of misbehavior yet give off a vibe that makes you think they may be hiding something?

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Sorry, I really stay away from social profiling as the farther you get away from the brains fear center, the less reliable the behaviors become. On top of those people got famous for acting!


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Is it so?

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Mmm yes?


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Have you killed anyone in combat before? I support the marines btw and anyways

Edit: Do you recognize the armenian genocide or do you deny it?

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No, but I did hurt someone's feelings once if that counts.


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I think that's a close second. Did it keep you from your objective or hinder you from doing something important?

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Not sure about your question. Can you clarify?


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When you hurt someones feelings, did it ever make your job more difficult? Or did you have the opportunity to go back and "hey my bad. That's part of my job."?

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We would always try to mend relations with the locals when we could. Never know where the next bit of information would come from and it's not that hard to learn the Arabic phrase for "I'm sorry." Regardless of what people would make you believe, we're not all heartless bastard killers. Unless you were the enemy than yes that's exactly what we where ;)


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When you hurt someones feelings, did it ever make your job more difficult? Or did you have the opportunity to go back and "hey my bad. That's part of my job."?

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Check your messages


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Can you target human predators in the more urban social setting? The opportunistic ones that have spent a life-time blending in?

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Depends on what you're asking. Your typical criminal doesn't usually realize how much their behaviors can give off. I often tell my classes natural human behavior is just that, natural. When it doesn't match, those people will stick out. On top of that, the other non-criminals in that area can be giving off cues when the actual criminal comes around. Even if they are being super-ninja, other people know them and their actions and can give off indicators too. Let me know if this is what you were asking about and if not, I can elaborate.


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The Secret Service has been getting a lot of flack over the last couple of years-- is there anything you think they should be doing better?

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SS is a very tough job with a very tough mission but they are one of the most well trained units out there. If you think about it, they do a job were they have to be 100% right every time and humans are not infallible. What I suggest to anybody I train is if your organization is 98% efficient, those are good numbers right? However you can always squeeze a few more percentage points into your efficiency. Never get complacent with your training.


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How accurate is the show Criminal Minds?

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I haven't actually seen that one but i assume it has to do with Criminal Profiling. I focus on real time observation of threat behavior to disrupt a threat before it happens. Criminal profiling is mostly to do with building a psych profile on an individual and using algorithms to narrow down a search field. You have to watch what movies and TV put out as they are there to entertain. A great new show on the beginning of criminal profiling in America is called Mindhunter. Not to be confused with the older movie Mindhunters.


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Hi Mr. Badou! Do culturally driven behaviors (like etiquette) ever change how you would track behavior? Like in a completely foreign country for example.

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For me, I stay away from training cultural behavior learned behaviors. Not because they are not important, they are, but that is for you to figure once you get there. I never know where my students are going so I can't really spend to much time on it. I focus on hard wired survival behaviors exhibited by all humans no matter where you go.


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The youtube link is me providing my username and date now. Thanks.


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Annnnd I'm back!