Gift of Fear And Other Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence

ISBN-10: 0440226198

ISBN-13: 9780440226192

Edition: 1997

Authors: Gavin De Becker

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True fear is often a signal that can save your life.  Are you listening? The baby-sitter you've just hired makes you uneasy--what should you do? You sense you are being followed --do you confront the stranger...or run? A fired employee says "You'll be sorry"--should you take him seriously? A person in the elevator you are about to enter just doesn't look right--do you wait for the next car? A date won't take "no" for an answer.  The new nanny gives a mother an uneasy feeling.  A stranger in a deserted parking lot offers unsolicited help.  The threat of violence surrounds us every day.  But we can protect ourselves, by learning to trust--and act on--our gut instincts. In this empowering book, Gavin de Becker, the man Oprah Winfrey calls the nation's leading expert on violent behavior, 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, whose clients include top Hollywood stars and government agencies, 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 more.  Learn to spot the danger signals others miss.  It might just save your life.
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Book details

List price: $7.99
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/11/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 4.25" wide x 7.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

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.

In the Presence of Danger
The Technology of Intuition
The Academy of Prediction
Survival Signals
Imperfect Strangers
High-Stakes Predictions
Promises to Kill (Understanding threats)
Persistence, Persistence (Dealing with people who refuse to let go)
Occupational Hazards (Violence in the workplace)
Intimate Enemies (Domestic violence)
"I Was Trying to Let Him Down Easy" (Date stalking)
Fear of Children (Violent children)
Better to Be Wanted by the Police Than Not to Be Wanted at All (Attacks against public figures)
Extreme Hazards
The Gift of Fear
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Appendixes
Recommended Reading
Index
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