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

Author(s): Gavin de Becker

Anger & Violence

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, to act when approached by a stranger...when you should fear someone close to you...what to do if you are being 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.
Through dozens of compelling examples from his own career, security expert Gavin de Becker teaches readers how to read the signs of impending danger by using their most basic - but often discouraged - survival skill- intuition. This book provides a unique combination of practical guidance on leading a safer life and profound insight into human behaviour.


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'De Becker has a lot to say about crime and fear of crime, and he says it persuasively in THE GIFT OF FEAR. His blend of empathy, reassurance and common sense wows readers, just like it wowed the audience on Oprah' NEWSWEEK 'A modern-day survival manual for everyone in our society...This book contains wisdom that transcends traditional approaches to violence' Robert Ressler, FBI Behavioural Scientist '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

"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" "From the Paperback edition."

Gavin de Becker is internationally regarded as a leading expert on the prediction and management of violence. In 1985, de Becker received a special award from the US Attorney General and the director of the FBI in recognition of his work in threat assessment. He is also the author of more than forty articles and white papers, co-author of CONFIDENTIAL REPORT TO MANAGEMENT: UNDERSTANDING AND PREVENTING WORKPLACE VIOLENCE and the contributing-author of STALKED.

General Fields

  • : 9780747538356
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Paperbacks
  • : June 2000
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Gavin de Becker
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition
  • : English
  • : 616.8/582
  • : 340