One of the difficulties of compressed societies is that they inflict defensiveness upon the individuals in those societies. In part this is because compressed societies become progressively more complex in which to make decisions and in part because the competition within those societies (and crime, which is of course a form of competition) intensifies.
One result is a marked reduction in the flexibility of individuals in those societies as well as a progressive reduction in willingness to change.
Ironically, it is those societies, under stress, which most need to evolve adaptive strategies.
However, it seems that this predictive defensiveness is doomed to become self-perpetuating and progressively more entrenched because of a defensive reluctance to further adapt.
Therefore this defensiveness might be regarded as a feature (and perhaps a measure) of a society in failure and therefore a prediction of decline into chaotic catastrophe.