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The Gift of Fear Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

Gavin de Becker is our nation's best-known expert on the prediction and management of violence. In The Gift of Fear, de Becker draws on his extensive expertise to shatter the myth that most violent acts are random and unpredictable, but rather usually have discernible motives and are preceded by clear warning signs. Through dozens of gripping stories from his own career and life, he unravels the complexities of violent behavior and details the pre-incident indicators (PINs) that can determine if someone poses a danger.

Learn to predict dangerous behavior and how to evaluate whether someone will use violence, to recognize survival signals that warn about risk from strangers, to rely on your intuition and move beyond denial, and to separate real from imagined danger.

Gavin de Becker's work has earned him three presidential appointments and a position on a congressional committee. He was twice appointed to the President's Advisory Board at the US Department of Justice, and he served two terms on the Governor's Advisory Board at the California Department of Mental Health. His 520-member consulting firm advises government agencies, universities, police departments, corporations, and media figures on the assessment of threats and hazards. Gavin de Becker & Associates maintains the world's largest library of threat and obsessive communications, consisting of more than 400,000 pieces of material.

©1996 Gavin de Becker (P)2017 Phoenix Books

What the Critics Say

“A thorough and compassionate primer for people concerned about their safety and the safety of their families. This book not only empowers the reader, but also captures your attention and doesn’t let go until the end.” (Meryl Streep, actress)

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    Wras 14/08/2017
    Wras 14/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "A self-defence book for our times"

    It takes three chapter to get to the real meat of the book but it is well worth it, especially for women, who in almost every society are the major victims of violence. Yes, it is very much a United States point of view of violence but very applicable to most places.
    It will make you see the controls to navigate away from fairly common problems that can become dangerous, like personnel management, toxic relationships, assessment of social situations and the language used by those trying to manipulate you.
    It is also entertaining and empowering in a way I did not expect.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Rolie Jaye Bristol, England 18/10/2017
    Rolie Jaye Bristol, England 18/10/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "A necessary book, everyone should own/read"

    This book needs to be more widely known. US centric but still applies wherver in the world you are. I first heard the author on a podcast and it's a shame he does not narrate the book himself however there is nothing wrong with the narration in this book. This book was written on the late 90s so doesn't mention social media but the lessons are still urgently relevant. Going to give a few copies of this to friends and loved ones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Loughlin 02/09/2017
    Loughlin 02/09/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolutely fascinating"

    I heard a very interesting interview with the author on the Waking Up podcast and decided this book deserved a listen. What a fascinating and engrossing subject and book. I hate saying books are life changing as it's such a tired cliche but I will say this - you will never consider domestic and social violence in the same way again. This book is both reassuring and alarming all at the same time. It's really an essential read and one of my favourite non-fiction reads of 2017 so far. Absolutely recommended.

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    mr Peter Mo United Kingdom 20/08/2017
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    "Rewarding listen"

    I have heard an interview with the author in the Waking Up podcast with Sam Harris and I thought I'd give it a try. it was well worth my time and will recommend it to friends and family members whenever I can.

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    04/08/17
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    "Valuable information"

    As a father, husband, and an assistant director of public safety at a private university, the information in this book is applicable in all areas

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • hks00
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    21/07/17
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    "Unabridged"

    SO glad they finally recorded the unabridged version. I have purchased and given away this book countless times. All women should read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • CareyD
    01/08/17
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    "The Gift of Fear... Intuition"

    Great book. Understanding violence and how to recognize the pre-indicators is key to survival. Humans are the only animals that can talk ourselves out of listening to our Intuition.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alysson Kliewer
    15/07/17
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    "Must read!"

    Very glad I was able to read this book inevitably becoming more in tune with my intuitions

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Drifter1911
    10/10/17
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    "Good info for the uninitiated"

    This book is meant mostly for parents and women. The majority of time is spent addressing abusive men and threats to/ from children. If you've already got the "sheepdog" mentality, this book doesn't grow your knowledge much. He's also inexplicably anti - firearm. I'm considered hyper vigilant and paranoid at best, but dangerous at worst for carrying.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Asya1
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    05/10/17
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    "Recording is very quite, challenging to listen is some environments"

    Great and useful book. I’ve recommended it to many people I know and will keep recommending

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • RobinC
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    03/10/17
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    "Everyone Should Listen/Read This Book"

    This book should be required reading/listening for everyone.

    I started to type “women” but I truly believe this should be read/listened to by everyone.

    It really made me think about the difference between true fear and worry, or about how we often shrug off what our gut is telling us about people or situations. It truly is a valuable resource. You won’t be disappointed.

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  • Amazon Customer
    28/09/17
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    "Could save your life"

    I think caption on the front is all that needs to be said -- "this book may save your life".

    The author is truly an expert in violence and its prevention. Excuse my cliche but everyone should read this book.

    The author provides real world examples of violent situations with comprehensive breakdowns of the "pre incident indicators" and strategies to avoid them. Violence is not a random phenomenon as we are often told, it is predictable and often avoidable.

    At the very least listen to the author on the Sam Harris podcast but you should really listen to the full book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jacqueline Osborn
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    20/09/17
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    "Everyone needs to read this, especially women."

    This is a fantastic book. I learned so much from it and have been able to reflect and see where I ignored warning signs and not listening to my intuition.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nina
    05/09/17
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    "Important and wonderful!"
    If you could sum up The Gift of Fear in three words, what would they be?

    Need to understand.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator. The author's perspective comes from experience and not fear.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The girlfriend who's boyfriend escalated the violence.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Returning to trusting our innate intuition combined with wisdom, will keep us safe.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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