I have had The Gift of Fear recommended to me by several people over the years. They promised that it would change my “perspective” and really shake up my world view about intuition, violence, and survival skills.
I was resistant. I dislike self-help books—especially ones that capitalize on people’s fears.
Thankfully, this book proved me wrong and I now consider my world sufficiently shook.
Gavin de Becker is a nationally renowned expert on the subject of predicting and managing violence. He consults with national law enforcement agencies, companies, and even celebrities to provide protective services, informational and investigative security services, and training in threat assessment.
With The Gift of Fear, de Becker attempts to explain how and why violence occurs. He is also believes a person’s own natural intuition is their own best defense against predators. He guides readers through several steps of recognizing, trusting, and acting on personal intuition while being able to accurately predict and avoid violent behavior.
My Favorite Character
ME! And maybe Gavin de Becker…
The great thing about this book is that is truly empowering to the individual reader. I now trust my own gut feelings and am more confident in my ability to navigate potentially bad situations as they arise.
Gavin de Becker, for his own part, is intelligent and is able to discuss his theories in an interesting, easy-to-digest way without being condescending.
“You have the gift of a brilliant internal guardian that stands ready to warn you of hazards and guide you through risky situations.”
Who I’d Recommend This Book To
This book and its steps to understanding fear and avoiding bad situations can be used in all sorts of circumstances and locations from dealing with disgruntled employees to de-powering stalkers. These lessons can be used by everyone.
This book will shift the way you see the world. And that is not a bad thing. I think, as people begin to learn how to trust themselves to assess their situations, that they will be better able to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. Additionally, by being able to accept the reality of their circumstances, they can rid themselves of denial which can help make our country safer. As de Becker says, “The solution to violence in America is the acceptance of reality.”