The Gift of Fear and Other Survival Signals that Protect Us From Violence by Gavin de Becker

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A carjacker lurking in a shopping mall parking lot. An abusive husband pounding on the door. A disgruntled employee brandishing a gun. These days, no one is safe from the specter of violence. But according to Gavin de Becker, everyone can feel safer, act safer, be safer -- if they learn how to listen to their own sixth sense about danger.

De Becker has made a career of protecting people and predicting violent behavior. His firm handles security for many of Hollywood's top celebrities -- Madonna, Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis, Brooke Shields, and John Travolta, among others, according to press reports -- and his computerized risk-assessment system helps analyze threats to members of Congress and the Supreme Court. Now, in this unprecedented guide, de Becker shares his expertise with everyone. Covering all the dangerous situations people typically face -- street crime, domestic abuse, violence in the workplace -- de Becker provides real-life examples and offers specific advice on restraining orders, self-defense, and more. But the key to self-protection, he demonstrates, is learning how to trust -- and act on -- our own intuitions. For everyone who's ever felt threatened, this book is essential reading.

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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.
Published June 1, 1997 by Little, Brown and Company. 334 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Self Help, Education & Reference, Science & Math, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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``The energy of violence,'' de Becker asserts, ``moves through our culture,'' and ``nobody is untouched.'' A high-profile consultant on the ``prediction and management of violence,'' de Becker offers a sometimes startling mixture of autobiography, anecdote, and detailed, even scholarly, examinati...

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""Remember that the vast majority of violent people started as you did, felt what you felt, wanted what you wanted,"" admonishes the author.

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A Patchwork of Books

Older children can make these books themselves as all it requires is for them to slip the original into the binding.Disadvantages: Only one copy of each book can be made this way (unless you photocopy the originals).Cost: £ (Display books in my local stationers started at £2.50, and photo albums ...

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Breaking Muscle

“This book can save your life.” – That’s a pretty bold statement.

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