In this empowering book, Gavin de Becker, the man Oprah Winfrey calls the US' leading expert on violent behaviour, 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 ...
In this empowering book, Gavin de Becker, the man Oprah Winfrey calls the US' leading expert on violent behaviour, 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, 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. You can learn to spot the danger signals others miss. It might just save your life.
As a mental health professional I have recommended this book to many clients because it is clear and straightforward in giving good information on how to stay safe without engendering fear. This book empowers the individual to maintain their safety in a variety of situations. I bought this copy for a friend, and I read the book myself every couple of years so the information stays fresh in my mind.
Nov 7, 2014
life saving and interesting
I'd recommend this book to everyone, particularly women, and think it should be taught in HS. It explains how to increase your safety living among others (known and unknown) who would rather do you harm. Considering that the American Psychological Association estimates that one out of every 30 or so people in society is a Sociopath (they now call it Antisocial Personality Disorder), it makes sense to be aware and have useful information to protect yourself.
Dec 22, 2011
Becker is a professional at predicting violent behavior based upon a person's actions, vocabulary, and means of coming on (especially) to a woman. The gift of fear is that feeling or intuition that makes someone feel uncomfortable or unsafe in a situation. This is excellent reading with great advice for girls and women (but valuable to all) as many illustrations and stories are given to illustrate his points. I bought it for all the women in my life as a means of making them aware of dangerous situations that they may have overlooked in the past.
Jun 3, 2010
Gift of Information
Gavin DeBecker's "Gift of Fear" is definitely a must read for everyone...This book has scads of examples, facts, etc., that one needs in order to gain knowledge of how dangerous situations happen, and how one can perhaps avoid these situations.
Nov 19, 2009
An extremely helpful book
I keep re-reading this book. It contains such a wealth of information and advice, and is very well written. Anyone who experiences fear at any level must read this book! It offers tips and tools, as well as sound advice on being smart about how you deal with fear.
Publishers Weekly, 1997-05-19 "Remember that the vast majority of violent people started as you did, felt what you felt, wanted what you wanted," admonishes the author. "The difference is in the lessons they learned." De Becker, founder of his self-named company that designed a system used to screen threats aimed at public figures, grew up in a volatile household in which, at one time, he witnessed his mother, a victim of repeated beatings, shoot at and nearly kill her husband. Here he writes how he learned to sense and move away from dangerous situations. According to him, it is possible to develop survival skills based on intuition that can protect us from people unable to control their violent instincts. De Becker argues that the tendency of TV news programs to air stories of unusual disasters as immediate dangers interferes with our ability to discriminate between real and manufactured fear. A practical if pedestrian guide to enhancing the safety of yourself and your loved ones. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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