The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence
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The Gift of Fear

Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence

By Gavin de Becker

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Format: Paperback, 432 pages
Published In: United States, 06 October 1998
True fear is often a signal that can save your life. Are you listening?
The baby-sitter you've just hired makes you uneasy--what should you do?
You sense you are being followed --do you confront the stranger...or run?
A fired employee says "You'll be sorry"--should you take him seriously?
A person in the elevator you are about to enter just doesn't look right--do you wait for the next car?
A date won't take "no" for an answer. The new nanny gives a mother an uneasy feeling. A stranger in a deserted parking lot offers unsolicited help. The threat of violence surrounds us every day. But we can protect ourselves, by learning to trust--and act on--our gut instincts.
In this empowering book, Gavin de Becker, the man Oprah Winfrey calls the nation's leading expert on violent behavior, shows you how to spot even subtle signs of danger--before it's too late. Shattering the myth that most violent acts are unpredictable, de Becker, whose clients include top Hollywood stars and government agencies, offers specific ways to protect yourself and those you love, to act when approached by a stranger...when you should fear someone close to you...what to do if you are being to uncover the source of anonymous threats or phone calls...the biggest mistake you can make with a threatening person...and more. Learn to spot the danger signals others miss. It might just save your life.
EAN: 9780440226192
ISBN: 0440226198
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
Dimensions: 17.42 x 10.72 x 2.95 centimeters (0.23 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years

About the Author

Gavin de Becker is a three-time presidential appointee whose pioneering work has changed the way our government evaluates threats to our nation's highest officials. His firm advises many of the world's most prominent media figures, corporations, and law enforcement agencies on predicting violence, and it also serves regular citizens who are victims of domestic abuse and stalking. De Becker has advised the prosecution on major cases, including the O.J. Simpson murder trial. He has testified before many legislative bodies and has successfully proposed new laws to help manage violence.


"A how-to book that reads like a thriller...provocative...empowering."--The Boston Globe "De Becker has a lot to say about crime and the fear of crime, and he says it persuasively...his blend of empathy, reassurance and common sense wows readers."--Newsweek "Chilling and fascinating."--Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Nine -A how-to book that reads like a thriller...provocative...empowering.---The Boston Globe -De Becker has a lot to say about crime and the fear of crime, and he says it persuasively...his blend of empathy, reassurance and common sense wows readers.---Newsweek -Chilling and fascinating.---Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Nine

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Rachel Cullen-Gloag on
Wow...what a book. Every person should read this in order to keep ourselves safe! It has definately opened my eyes to how people behave and react to fear. It covers the pyschology of humans and how we have this gift of 'fear' but quite often talk ourselves out of feeling it. It also explains that we are the only speices on earth that goes against our intuition as we don't want to affend people; which alternatively may put us in an unsafe situation with others that wish to cause harm...what more can I say but read it!!!!
Peta MacRae on
Very interesting. Brings attention to specific behaviours to indicate people you should steer clear of. Should be recommended reading for teenagers who about to move in with others and I will definately get my daughter to read it before she gets to dating age, as indicators that things will not be right for the future of a relationship are there from the beginning with first interactions.

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