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Are there any statistics about what proportion of armed attackers are willing to hurt or kill as opposed only using their weapons as a threat? E.g. There were cases when a self-confident victim without any countermeasure (other than verbal and meta communication) forced the attacker to flee. Which is more probable? Any studies about the topic?

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  • $\begingroup$ Every combat strategist knows that the best win is when you defeat the enemy with your mind. I suppose the study you seek would be a retrospective; probably quite clouded by how-far in the past the encounter occurred, the low quantity of such data being collected by a trained psychologist, and the infrequent reporting of such encounters $\endgroup$ – New Alexandria Nov 8 '13 at 14:19
  • $\begingroup$ @NewAlexandria do you have any evidence to support this? $\endgroup$ – user10932 Nov 8 '13 at 22:43