Some days ago, a boy from the neighbourhood was throwing stones in front of my house. A grown man surfaced and accosted him. Piam! The boy fled. “Stop there!” the man shouted. The boy kept running. “If I do chase after you, I WILL catch you [..and of course, you’ll be in more trouble]” the man shouted again. On hearing that, the boy applied his brakes and submitted himself.
I laughed as I watched this scene. I thought, “kai, this man played on the young boy’s psychology and it worked.”
He’s a deft psychologist.
He knows well what fear does to a prey.
He understands how fear makes your musles feel like you’re paralyzed even though you’re not.
He knows just what to do to create the illusion and..
He knows how to spice up the illusions he creates with a lot of SFX. That means he’s also a pro 3D animator who knows his job well. The rendered output looks and feels so real you would easily sink it.
He understands that a lion wouldn’t do too much stress getting his prey. Why? Hearing the roar of the lion, the prey can already feel itself being torn apart and eaten so it may not even make any big attempt at escaping.
And that’s why fear’s one of the most used weapons in his arsenal. It probably is his most effective weapon. It’s very effective not because it’s all that, in itself. It’s only effective because you’ve allowed it to be.