The Gift of Fear

Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence

Ranked #2 in First Aid, Ranked #3 in Fearsee more rankings.

True fear is a gift.
Unwarranted fear is a curse.
Learn how to tell the difference.

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....

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David Heinemeier Hansson The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker shares a bunch of anecdotes from violent attacks, how the victims often knew per instinct that something wasn’t right, but suppressed that instinct for fear of seeming rude or silly or whatever. He also presents a bunch of analytical frameworks for evaluating threats, stalkers, and other menaces. But it’s not a dry textbook. Gavin had a violent upbringing and brings a lot of personal anecdotes and perspectives to bear as well. (Source)

Nicholas C. Zakas If I had a daughter, girlfriend, or wife, I’d highly recommend this book to them. Less useful for men unless you have reason to fear assassination, but an interesting read nonetheless. (Source)

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