- Threat display
Threat display is a type of
display behaviouraiming at intimidationof a potential enemy. It may be directed at a rival of the same species (in tournament species), or at a potential threat from a different species.The competitive advantageof threat display lies in overstating one's aggressive potential and thus increasing the chances that the opponent chooses to flee ( fight-or-flight response). The opposite strategy is submission, behaviour aiming at understating one's aggressive potential in order to dissuade the opponent from attacking.
Human threat display includes showing one's
teeth( snarl, compare smile), inflating one's chest (and other stances enlarging one's silhouette from the point of view from the opponent) and making loud vocal calls ( battle cry).
Shark threat display
Tend and befriend
Balance of threat
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