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. 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.
THOUGHTS… Originally written for women, The Gift of Fear has become a must read across a variety of communities. Gavin de Becker’s approach an insight provides a foundational set of tools and advances the individual awareness of the reader in both intuition and biological responses. This book develops a solid foundation in the aspects of fear we unpack in the Operational Mindset course. We know that FEAR is a projection into the future and cannot exist in the present.
Having been around this community and studying human behavior for sometime, it’s always interesting to see what happens when science catches up to theory. Understanding now how the body senses an event and then processes that event is one of the most valuables sets of knowledge that has come out of the last decade. Advances in all aspects of science have given us the understanding how the body “knows” what’s right or wrong, what’s off or not, what is a threat and what is not before we even have any form of cognitive awareness (i.e. you know it in your head).
The Gift of Fear gives us a story by story guide through the lives of women who overrode their intuitive senses and at points, it cost them dearly. While others listened to that subconscious/unconscious, “gut feeling,” which helped save their lives.
Any one of us who has been around for a minute or two has had these moments. You know exactly what I’m referring too. This book brings validation to those, often indescribable feelings, and gives you the words to make sense of them.
There’s an interesting conversation we have later about fear!