Situational Awareness (Like Jason Bourne)

June 12, 2015, by Ken Jorgustin


A seemingly extraordinary ability to observe one’s surroundings and make detailed assessments about one’s environment is illustrated in the following short video segment from the movie, “The Bourne Identity”

It’s not just a trait of top secret ops. It is a skill known as situational awareness, and you can possess it too.

Situational awareness is a simple concept. It is knowing what’s going on around you.

It sounds easy, doesn’t it? The only thing easy is noticing the very obvious things – and even those things often go unnoticed in today’s modern world of technology where people’s heads are buried in their smart phones…

In reality, situational awareness requires practice. It’s something that is taught to law enforcement, soldiers, and others. You can learn it too.

Recognizing a situation that might potentially turn dangerous, or being aware of a risk even seconds before, can make all the difference.

Situational awareness is just another two words for paying attention. You can take it to the next level by practicing and scanning your environment (which can actually be a fun an interesting mental exercise). While practicing, you will notice all sorts of new things in the world around you. It helps to open your eyes, and your mind…

There’s a scene at the beginning of The Bourne Identity (an excellent movie) where ‘Jason Bourne’ (Matt Damon) is trying to figure out who he is and why he has a bunch of passports and a gun stashed in a safety deposit box.

Bourne also notices… Watch:

Jason Bourne analogy inspired from the ‘Art of Manliness Collection’ by Brett and Kate McKay.