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Emotional and Psychological Integrity and Maturity

Emotional integrity is defined as the inability to be emotionally swayed/triggered based on self-awareness, and empathy vs. Fear and judgments/bias, while Emotional Maturity is defined as understanding each individual has Emotions as complex as yours. The subject still lacks the training the officer/agent/ operative should have in de-escalating themselves and the situation. The subject/ individual will appear more incoherent depending on the emotional/psychological stressors they are experiencing and exhibiting. We as the officer/agent/operative must become the desired response/appropriate response by showing what exactly the appropriate/ desired response is through verbal countermeasures [de-escalation] [verbiage/body language/ emotional baseline] before resulting to physical intervention. Note, if you or other bystanders are in active danger then deploy interventions based on your capabilities and the threat level. If the threat is non-lethal aim to physically engage with combatives and non-lethal weapons systems.


Emotional Maturity is being able to put down pride, ego, and bias in order to not only sit with the person in the discomfort but also offer them the tools to pull themselves to safety.



Psychological Integrity is defined as the ability to handle stress with an effective and appropriate response to benefit the situation, the officer/agent/operative, and the subject/individual. This is done through the application of both Maslow's and the Blackfoot Tribes Hierarchy of needs. Note, Maslow’s hierarchy focuses on individual growth and ascension while Blackfoot's hierarchy focuses upon how the individual integrates with the community to benefit the community through self-actualization. Self-Actualization can be defined as the realization or fulfillment of one's talents and potentialities. While Blackfoot’s hierarchy places that newly self-fulfilled person into a community, where they must then find how they using their talents and potential aid in bring success to the environment/community.


Self-de-escalation is also important in both Emotional/Psychological Integrity and Maturity. Self-de-escalation is defined as the ability to act competently and appropriately under high stress to make the best choice for the situation to provide the best outcome. Let's look at Procedure involving a Self-De-escalation Process...


Step 1: Am I, the environment, or the subject in immediate physical danger? [Perceived vs. Realistic [evidence (motive+behavioral indicators) +imminence (what will happen? To who? How long? When?)]


Step 2: If not, have I initiated verbal de-escalation countermeasures?


Step 3: Am what I am deploying containing the situation?


Step 4: If what you are doing is not working assess with the Magic question


"Is there anything I can say to aid you in working with me to help you? I'm here to listen and I'd like to think you're willing to talk?"


If the answer is no, then it is apparent force will need to be used depending on the subject's compliance and behavioral assessment up to this point within the interaction.


Observe prepatory actions


Proactive violence to control and contain the situation using the force continuum.


If their response to the officer/agent/operative’s magic question is yes, simply continue to de-escalate by asking them what that need is and when answering be realistic if it is a demand the officer/ agent/ operative cannot fulfill then be honest and admit it as well as why the need cannot be met. Then ask if there is anything else that can be done to aid/assist them. Remind them you are there to help them. This continues the rapport established in the beginning of the interaction. The better a rapport the more likely verbal de-escalation will be effective. The rapport is directly dependent on your initial presence and how the officer/agent/ operative maintain your own flight/fight/Freeze Response.


Be Kind, Stay Deadly


Eclipse Protection Inc.


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