• The Gift of Fear

  • Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence
  • By: Gavin de Becker
  • Narrated by: Thomas Stechschulte
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 26-05-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (36 ratings)

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
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Critic reviews

“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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5 out of 5 stars
By Rolie Jaye on 18-10-17

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Eldasensei on 02-09-17

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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By Melissa on 11-01-18

This should be required reading

Every woman should read this book.

It gave me an insight to some of the things I’ve felt before but wasn’t always able to verbalize beyond he “didn’t look right” or “I have a gut feeling.” Now I can ask myself questions about these contacts that will put more logic and understanding into what I’m feeling.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 28-09-17

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.

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