The Gift of Fear : Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence, Paperback

The Gift of Fear : Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence Paperback

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In this empowering book, Gavin de Becker, the man Oprah Winfrey calls the US' leading expert on violent behaviour, 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.

You can learn to spot the danger signals others miss.

It might just save your life.




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An interesting read. The author argues that we try to overanalyse our intuition and we don't see the signals our bodies are trying to give us about dangerous people and situations. An interesting read, well worth a read and some thinking about.

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I want every woman I know to read this book, and it wouldn't hurt the men in my life to read it as well. Gavin de Becker has taught me to distinguish between the worry I put myself through and the fear that is worthy of my attention. I had an interesting intersection with this book and *Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames* by Thich Nhat Hanh, which I was reading at the same time. They are both, at their core, about the same thing: getting through the misperceptions down to real emotions. Each presented a different path, but reading both together has been an amazing experience.

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The overall message to listen to your intuition is good, but de Becker's ideas about domestic violence are so wrong-headed as to be dangerous, perpetuating the idea that victims deserve their treatment.