Imagine an angry dog attempting to intimidate a passerby by using loud barking and snarling fangs to create the image of a threat. Instead of being afraid, imagine the passerby calming walks close to the dog and moves themselves in the way.
This impresses upon the dog that the fear tactics do not work. What does the dog normally do? The dog may continue to bark and snarl. But usually, especially if this is done confidently and with direct eye contact, the dog will back up even if slightly. This is because silently, secretly, the animal mind fears that the attempts to intimidate and harass does not work immediately.
This is confusing and challenging for the instinctual mind which struggles to use higher awareness functions to integrate new solutions to the problem. What is the problem anyway, for the dog?
He or she perceives any one who approaches that territory…
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