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The Gift of Fear : Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence :  Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence - Gavin de Becker

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

Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence

Paperback Published: May 1998
ISBN: 9780440226192
Number Of Pages: 420

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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, 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. Learn to spot the danger signals others miss. It might just save your life.

Industry Reviews

"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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I truly believe this is a book that everyone must read. It is so enlightening. It really made me see everything differently. Trust your instincts, they will really tell you if you are truly in danger and lead you out of it. I have experienced this myself. This book is no literary masterpiece, but is the best/most important book I have ever read! Please read it.

Melbourne, Australia


Essential reading. Especially for women.


Well reearched from many years of experience.

Mount Coolum, QLD, Australia


Very informative and empowering


Good to read from cover to cover, but easy to pick up where you left off

Brisbane, Australia


Great Book!


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

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ISBN: 9780440226192
ISBN-10: 0440226198
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 420
Published: May 1998
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.78 x 10.8  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.2