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6 Methods of Thinking Like an Operative /// VINJABONDA clandestine professional or trade specialist operating in foreign environments require a unique skill set, particularly the mentalities.

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Directed ways of thinking that can increase your lifestyle efficiency while taking more control of the world around you. Operator, traveler and civilian life.

It’s hard to do that with people who think emotionally. A lot of people think in terms of people, emotions, and feelings.

That’s more complicated. Engineering mentality makes it, in theory, a little easier.

Marc Andreessen


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Active Situational Awareness //

Minding your surroundings is as natural as the senses you use to assess them. It’s how broadly yet deeply you can integrate it into the way you effectively react to the actions of the relative world around you that matters.

Knowing more about the details of your immediate presence, no matter how seemingly irrelevant or innocuous will enhance your ability to make better decisions in response to outside forces.

PRO TIP :   Instead of always and only focusing on the path right in front of you, explore everything within your field of view and “file” any bit of information you can in your memory palace to calculate later.


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Commanding Passive Influence //

The art of persuading a target to seamlessly do what you want them to do. Not to be confused with passive-aggressive manipulation, the key is to make it seem like you’re impartial or as if it was the target’s idea in the first place.

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PRO TIP :   Anyone can coerce another to do anything, the effects are often undesirable or ineffective, having someone want to do something is the contrary.


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Character Estimation //

Cold reading strangers as well as dynamically defining people with whom you have rapport. Determining a target’s intentions, desires in any given situation as well as predicting their moves. Similarly, physical estimation or “sizing up” a target to evaluate their combat capabilities.

Just as important and useful is how you’re sized up by others. Controlling how you’re perceived by others for an advantage or strategic response.

PRO TIP :   It’s better to overestimate a target, inversely, it’s better to be underestimated by your target.


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Situational Mono Game Theory //

Even as intelligent beings, most people’s actions and decisions aren’t governed by strategic thought but by impulse and instincts. That’s cause and effect. Whereas cause and react gives you more control of an outcome.

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PRO TIP :   Effectively utilizing this and active situational awareness in tandem could make you a formidable operator of any sort of any function.


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Social Simulation //

The ability to blend-in to a type / group of people or simulate a specific person or persona. Most effectively achieved by selective cultural assimilation and controlled method acting, respectively.

This is true urban camouflage. The intent of becoming a part of an interpersonal space, not hide within a (crypsis) visual space.

PRO TIP :   Ironically, the best way to utilize this method is to be yourself, just slightly but measurably different versions of it.


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Method of Loci //

Also known as the memory palace technique, it’s a practical mnemonic filing system. A way to greatly heighten your memory capabilities in capacity and retrieval accessibility.

The ability to never have to write down a phone number, email address or never forgetting a name to a face or specific details of an important event is an invaluable life skill.

PRO TIP :   While increasing your relative intelligence level is limited, your power of memory is not, it can be significantly increased, like knowledge.




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  1. Kyle NYC

    My favorite post yet! All great tips, but now you got me obsessed with this method of loci thing. Imma get on it right now.


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