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Self-Defense VS. Retaliation

Do you know the difference between self-defense and retaliation? If not, read this article to find out my thoughts on it!

Self-defense is a legitimate and important right each person has to protect themselves, their property, and the people they care about.

In today’s world it is imperative to know how to defend yourself without resorting to retaliation. Retaliation can be counterproductive and can result in unintended consequences with lasting impacts. It’s important to understand the difference between self-defense and retaliation, as well as when to exercise each.

In this blog post, we will discuss how to distinguish between the two and the implications of each. We will also look at the legal considerations involved with each and how to approach a situation when self-defense or retaliation is necessary.

By understanding the differences between the two and how to properly use them, we can all protect ourselves and our loved ones in a responsible manner.


Self-preservation is an important concept to consider when discussing self-defense versus retaliation.

Self-defense is a form of self-protection that is used as a means of responding to an imminent threat or physical attack. On the other hand, retaliation is a form of revenge that is often taken in response to perceived wrongs.

Self-preservation is the idea that you must defend yourself from harm, but without retaliatory intent. It is a concept that seeks to protect one’s own well-being, as well as the well-being of those who are in the vicinity of an attack, by avoiding unnecessary escalation.


Understanding the power of emotion is vital to the discussion surrounding self-defense vs retaliation.

All too often, individuals use the concept of self-defense as an excuse to act out in anger and seek retribution for perceived wrongs. It is important to acknowledge that retaliation is not the same as self-defense, and that feeling emotionally charged emotions does not give someone the right to act out in violence or with any sort of malice.

Knowing how to manage and express emotions in a healthy way is an essential part of being able to differentiate between self-defense and retaliation.

Instinctive Reasons

Instinctive reactions are natural, immediate responses to danger, threats, and potential injury.

In a self-defense context, instinctive reactions are those actions taken without conscious thought that are meant to protect ourselves from harm. Some instinctive reactions are fight, flight, or freeze.

Fight reactions involve physically attacking the threat in an effort to neutralize it. Flight reactions involve running away from the threat. Freeze reactions involve becoming motionless and waiting for the threat to pass.

Instinctive reactions are typically the first response to a dangerous situation and can be helpful in protecting us from harm. However, it is important to note that instinctive reactions can also lead to retaliation, which is the use of force in response to an initial attack.

Retaliation typically leads to an escalation of violence, which can be dangerous and should be avoided in most cases.


In conclusion, self-defense and retaliation are two different concepts that can have different outcomes.

Self-defense is the act of protecting oneself from danger or harm, while retaliation is responding to a perceived wrong with a similar wrong.

It is important to understand the difference between these two concepts, as self-defense is typically legally permissible and retaliation is not. Knowing the difference between self-defense and retaliation can help a person protect themselves and make sure they comply with the law.

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Article by Sam Fury

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Sam Fury is the creator and owner of the Survival Fitness Plan.

He has had a passion for martial arts and outdoor pursuits since he was a young boy growing up in Australia.

As a young adult he joined the military and studied outdoor leadership in college. After that, to further his skills, Sam started traveling to learn from the best in the world in various fields related to the Survival Fitness Plan including various martial arts in China, SE Asia and Brazil, Parkour in Singapore, Surf Life Saving in Australia, and others. 

These days, he still enjoys learning new things, traveling and sharing what he has learned via the Survival Fitness Plan. 

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