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

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Bloomsbury, 2000 - Fear - 334 pages
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In this work, Gavin de Becker, the man Oprah Winfrey calls the US's 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 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 many other ideas.

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User Review  - Lucifey - LibraryThing

Several friends had recommended this book, and I agree it is a must read. I would say especially for women, but honestly I think it's a great book all around. Worth reading for anyone who has ever ... Read full review

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User Review  - jen.e.moore - LibraryThing

I really liked a lot of his points - that violence is predictable and preventable, and not doing either is a choice we make - but some of it seemed pretty insensitive to larger concerns. Partly I ... Read full review

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Gavin de Becker is a personal security expert and leading authority on crime and violence predictions. De Becker was the Director of the Special Services Group during Reagan's presidency, and also served on the President's Advisory Board at the U. S. Department of Justice and on the domestic Violence Council Advisory Board. He wrote The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us From Violence, a book about trusting instincts in order to avoid dangerous situations. De Becker has written many articles and papers about his expertise and has appeared on such TV shows as The Larry King Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and 60 Minutes. De Becker was appointed to the President's Advisory Board at the U.S. Department of Justice twice and he served for two years on the Governor's Advisory Board at the California Department of Mental Health. He is a senior fellow at the UCLA School of Public Policy. As a consultant to government agencies, major corporations, and media figures, he has handled more than 25,000 cases. His firm, Gavin De Becker Incorporated, maintains files containing in excess of 350,000 pieces of material of threatening and obsessive communications. De Becker has been an expert witness in several high-profile legal cases, such as the O.J. Simpson case, the case against the assailant of actress Theresa Saldana, and the case against the murderer of actress Rebecca Schaeffer. De Becker's book, The Gift of Fear, has been published in 14 languages.

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