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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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    "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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    "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.

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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

    2 of 2 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.

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  • 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.

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    "Must read!"

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

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    "Life changing book!!!"

    This book is a master piece and should be read/listen by parents and adults in general if possible, it has changed my view of life, my city and actually human behavior and my own behavior.

    Thanks Mr. De Becker for sharing your knowledge through this book.

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