The Gift of Fear

  • by Gavin de Becker
  • Narrated by Gavin de Becker
  • 3 hrs and 0 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Fear can save your life. It directs you to avoid that stranger, to leave the room, to call for help. The intuitive message of fear, together with rational principles, can help you to predict and thereby avoid personal violence. In this program Gavin de Becker, America's leading expert on predicting violent behavior, demystifies the apparently random and unpredictable nature of violence and shows you how interpersonal violence can be detected and derailed. De Becker's clients include celebrities, corporations, and political organizations, and he serves as an adviser to the CIA and the U.S. Supreme Court.


Audible Editor Reviews

Fools rush in where some of us don't have the good sense to be afraid. In this information-packed audiobook - the opening sequence is as riveting as the Psycho shower scene - Gavin de Becker makes a compelling case for trusting what your fear is trying to tell you. He's an expert on the prediction of violent behavior, and it shows. We are all experts at predicting impending violence, he argues. We know when we are in danger. When you've heard his stories of frightening and violent situations, and how they were handled, you'll actually feel a new confidence in your ability to avoid becoming a victim. (Rick L.)


What the Critics Say

"De Becker has a lot to say about crime and the 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)


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Customer Reviews

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Domestic abuse survivor must read!!

Having been in several abusive relationships, I was directed to this book by women's aid. It's given me tactics to avoid another abusive situation and to also help me deal with my fear and anxiety.
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- Lucy Mackenzie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-12-1999
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books