As I was walking the streets of Hua Hin in Thailand just a few days ago, I saw different places where “things can happen.” Noisy bars. Tattooed, burly white men. Thai women scantily clad, inviting. Thug-looking men exchanging money. Then, stopping by a coffee shop, I’d read stories of murder of foreign tourists in the area.
I think about notorious criminals back home and they do inhabit the same kinds of places. Call it sociopaths, anti-social personalities, criminals, prostitutes, or whatever, they seem everywhere you go. Regardless of race, color, or status in life, the heart of humankind is the same. Psychological or emotional woundedness is basically from within rather than from without.
It always helps to have a basic understanding of the criminal, psychopathic, or anti-social personality as a mental state marked by a general pattern of violation of the rights and safety of others. Since I was in a foreign country, my own strange mind swirled around watching behavior signs to spot dangerous people. Before it’s too late!
I made sure I cover all scenarios. Some people worry about serial killers, but serial killers are rare. I think, even in Thailand! So, I just considered in my thoughts the ordinary dangers or risks that people commonly embrace each day. Do I have enough information about people I talk to or places I visit? What can I do to avoid or minimize the risks of my being mugged or robbed or beaten by thugs in the streets? Have I done all I can to protect my self?
Dangerous people prey on people who are weak, lonely, sad, insecure, scared, alone. Awhile ago, I was speaking to a man who’s taking care of a vulnerable young woman who has been a mental health patient for so many years. She fits the profile of a perfect target for unsavory characters. He told me that at her lowest and most wounded moments, several men would waltz into her and appear to be loving … only to find out that they’re with her to abuse, rob, and take advantage of her.
Be careful. Be prepared. Be safe.