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The Gift of Fear

Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence
Auteur(s): Gavin de Becker
Narrateur(s): Thomas Stechschulte
Durée: 12 h et 34 min
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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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“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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Must read book

I have learned so much from this book and I feel so much more confident in myself. I have realized that I worry too much and that I should calm my mind so it is more receptive to what my intuition tells me. This really is a must read for anybody that wants to improve their ability to spot the danger in situations and learn how to react to it.

I would recommend this book to everyone 13 years and older, it is applicable to everyone's lives.

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Should mandatory reading for every woman and man

Just get it. Not many books I’ve read impacted me as much as this one. Having a list of things to look for as well as getting behind various types of threats has made me less fearful. The insights and practical life skills were priceless.

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It changed the way I keep myself safe!

Gavin de Beker is the same for safety and prevention of injury as Lundy Bancroft is for victims of domestic violence and trying to prevent useless and horrible loss of lives. He knows his stuff well and delivers as much as possible to make sure we are equipped.....if we want to be of course....

Amazing. And a book I purchased in ebook form and in paperback. This is one everyone should at least attempt to listen up and tune into!

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Beautiful book

Hard to read but worth the struggle. Covers some dark examples but, from them, derives a lot of wisdom.

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Bit of a slog

I am half way through listening to the book and I am having a tough time continuing on. While the concept is incredibly interesting, the content is repetitive. I may have had a better time reading it, but the narration lacks energy and gives a boring vibe. I would have been interested in hearing the actual author’s voice. People seem to love this book but I am not really enjoying the audible experience of it.

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  • Melissa
  • 2018-01-11

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-09-28

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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  • Steve
  • 2018-03-29

Everyone should read this book. Seriously.

Everyone should read this, and especially every woman. I always thought being suspicious of people would just make me paranoid, and that I don’t want to be a paranoid worrier. This book elucidates how fear is different from paranoia, and builds confidence in you’re own intuitive danger detection mechanisms. It leads to confidence, not paranoia. Not to mention, the stories are gripping and suspenseful. I listened to this book quicker than any other because I just didn’t want to stop listening. It is just great, and important.

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  • CareyD
  • 2017-08-01

The Gift of Fear... Intuition

Great book. Understanding violence and how to recognize the pre-indicators is key to survival. Humans are the only animals that can talk ourselves out of listening to our Intuition.

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  • Jenna Davis
  • 2017-11-06

Actually may have saved my life

I have been listening to this book out of interest in the topic. Little did I know that I would end up using the exact strategies from this book to protect myself. I went out to walk my dog and two men started to walk along behind me, which wouldn’t be odd if they hadn’t just been walking in the opposite direction. I trusted my instincts and listened to what my body was telling me. If I hadn’t, I might not have noticed them get in their car and follow two of my random route changes.

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  • Alysson Kliewer
  • 2017-07-15

Must read!

Very glad I was able to read this book inevitably becoming more in tune with my intuitions

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  • michelle plowman
  • 2018-02-12

Excellent information

I learned much about people’s behavior as well as my own , thank you I hope my wife will listen as well

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  • hks00
  • 2017-07-21

Unabridged

SO glad they finally recorded the unabridged version. I have purchased and given away this book countless times. All women should read.

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  • Sarda
  • 2018-06-06

Give this to your daughters

I was so taken up with this book that I couldn't wait to the end to write this review. This book is something all women and really, all men should read. I am now 66 years old, but I remember so clearly many episodes in which I put myself in danger without realizing it. I traveled across country alone in busses and in trains several times. I was approached by men several times. Once outside a bus station somewhere, I was walking around, waiting for my next bus, wearing my pack. I was in my middle thirties, but looked very young for my age. I was approached by a man who tried to get me to go with him, offering drugs, a bed, etc. Obviously, I looked like a runaway or homeless. I was startled, then nervous, then looked him up and down and said "No" and returned to the station. I stayed alone, except for the ticket person, in bus stations and train stations over night. I trusted my intuition and remained unharmed.
Much of what the writer in this book stated I saw and experienced for myself. I worked in a police department as a crime scene investigator, working nights, usually alone. I realized quickly that if I acted the victim, I would be the victim.
I think this book would have been very helpful in my life if I had read it as a younger woman. I had to learn these lessons myself. I frequently reminded myself of the saying (if remembered a bit differently) of the author of this book:

A man is afraid of a woman because he fears she is laughing at him.
A woman is afraid of a man because she fears he will kill her.

All women older than 30 will appreciate what this writer has to say.

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Valuable information

As a father, husband, and an assistant director of public safety at a private university, the information in this book is applicable in all areas

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