The Gift of Fear

  • by Gavin de Becker
  • Narrated by Thomas Stechschulte
  • 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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.

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What the Critics Say

“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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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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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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- CareyD

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-26-2017
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books