apparently counting down does not only work on kids, but adults too. this was tested and tried a few weeks ago at work, when a heavily inebriated man came into my work and made lewd comments to me. i responded by letting him know he needed to leave immediately. as i approached the door to open it for him, he then reached out to hug me and i said that if he didn't leave in 5 seconds then i would call the cops. i then began the inevitable and dreaded countdown...5...4...3...2...he was gone by the time i reached 2.
the sad part was that i was not consciously aware that i was counting down to this adult man, until my coworkers pointed it out after the fact. but it worked, right?