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The Gift of Fear

Survival Signals That Protect Us From Violence
De Becker, Gavin (Book - 1999 1997 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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From the Publisher: Offers specific ways to protect yourself, including: how to act when approached by a stranger; when you should fear someone close to you; what to do if you are being stalked; how to uncover the source of anonymous threats or phone calls; the biggest mistake you can make with a threatening person and more. Learns to spot subtle signs of danger.
Authors: De Becker, Gavin
Title: The gift of fear
survival signals that protect us from violence
Publisher: New York : Delta, [1999] c1997.
Characteristics: 372 p. ;,21 cm.
Notes: Title on cover and spine: The gift of fear and other survival signals that protect us from violence
Includes index.
"A Dell trade paperback."--T.p. verso.
Contents: 1: In the presence of danger
2: Technology of intuition
3: Academy of prediction
4: Survival signals
5: Imperfect strangers
6: High-stakes predictions
7: Promises to kill (understanding threats)
8: Persistence, persistence (dealing with people who refuse to let go)
9: Occupational hazards (violence in the workplace)
10: Intimate enemies (domestic violence)
11: I was trying to let him down easy (date stalking)
12: Fear of children (violent children)
13: Better to be wanted by the police than not to be wanted at all (attacks against public figures)
14: Extreme hazards
15: Gift of fear
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Appendixes
Recommended reading
Index.
Summary: From the Publisher: Offers specific ways to protect yourself, including: how to act when approached by a stranger; when you should fear someone close to you; what to do if you are being stalked; how to uncover the source of anonymous threats or phone calls; the biggest mistake you can make with a threatening person and more. Learns to spot subtle signs of danger.
ISBN: 9780440508830
0440508835
Statement of Responsibility: Gavin de Becker
Subject Headings: Violence Psychological aspects. Victims of crimes Psychology. Women Crimes against. Violent crimes Psychological aspects. Fear. Intuition.
Topical Term: Violence
Victims of crimes
Women
Violent crimes
Fear.
Intuition.
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Jul 09, 2014
  • LauraGrowNyberg rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An absolute must-read, but slightly dated. I would buy a 2012 edition for so many people I know.

Jun 13, 2013
  • rjkegley rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Every young woman should read this book...

Oct 19, 2012
  • Rock_Shadow rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Worthwhile book for everyone to read; it not only helps to deal with people who might be dangerous, but it offers insight and advice on scary co-workers and employees. Some excellent advice on how to recognize the signs of violent or dangerous behavior. Also, very easy to read book full of helpful stories.

Aug 08, 2012
  • Janice21383 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Few books are "essential reading" (On the Origin of Species? The Boy Scout Handbook?) The Gift of Fear is one of this exclusive company. Far from being a wicky-wacky New Age production (see virtually all books listed in this catalogue under "intuition"), it is a guide to using your own good sense and good judgement to avoid life's pitfalls, and to overcome the forces of denial. Mr. de Becker examines the topic not only as a government and private security adviser, but also as an abused child and juvenile delinquent. On top of this, The Gift of Fear is well-written and entertaining, in a dark way.

Mar 28, 2012
  • 22950011069879 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is truly a gift for anyone who is tormented by fear. Fear is truly a gift, it will save you if you heed it. The book became a compulsive read from page 1 through 300.

Mar 03, 2012
  • 2rhino rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A book about your intuition. How to again listen to your body giving you a signal. Invaluable to everyone.

Jul 19, 2011
  • BookishLady rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Loved this book. Aside from the intuition aspect, there are lots of great insights on how people who will do violence to you are manipulators, and how to spot their tactics. Also a list of helpful ways to diffuse more regular situations, like a person who has been fired who begins to threaten, etc.

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Mar 25, 2012
  • Janice21383 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My childhood wasn't a movie, of course, though it did have chase sequences, fight scenes, shoot-outs, skyjacking, life-and-death suspense, and suicide. The plot didn't make much sense to me as a boy, but it does now.

Mar 25, 2012
  • Janice21383 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

We want to believe that with all the possible combinations of human beings and human feelings, predicting violence is as difficult as picking the winning lottery ticket, yet it is usually isn't difficult at all. We want to believe that human violence is somehow beyond our understanding, because as long as it remains a mystery, we have no duty to avoid it, explore it, or anticipate it. We need feel no responsibility for failing to read signals if there are none to read. We can tell ourselves that violence just happens without warning, and usually to others, but in service of these comfortable myths, victims suffer and criminals prosper.

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