The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence by Gavin de Becker
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The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence Audiobook by Gavin de Becker proposes that instead of a random and unpredictable characteristic, most violent acts have very evident reasons and clear warning signs. As an expert on the prediction and management of violence, Gavin de Becker paints with this material the landscape of violence and the possibility to stop it and protect ourselves from it by identifying some of the pre-incident indicators that could make the difference when somebody can be in danger. The audiobook analyzes through fascinating stories taken from the author’s own career and life, taking lessons from them and learn to predict dangerous behavior and from that situation offer an array of solutions to be evaluated in order to avoid and survive the violent act. The audiobook also offers the possible responses a person can choose from a violent act as the use of violence; furthermore, it teaches how to recognize those signals warning about trouble from strangers, to rely on intuition and move further from denial, and separate real danger from imaginary.
The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence Audiobook by Gavin de Becker shows that sometimes the acts that we consider normal at the moment of responding to a violent act are in most cases useless since the perpetrator of such action is not afraid of the usual response people give. In terms of dealing with this sort of situations, The Gift of Fear “is brilliantly orchestrated breakdown of violent situations”.
Through the whole 12 hours and 34 minutes of the audiobook, Gavin de Becker – through the voice of Thomas Stechschulte – concerns about our tendency to be always polite and forget to pay attention to the possible signs of violence that come from familiar people and/or strangers.
One criticism the audiobook has received is the emphasis is made on women dealing with violence, but the author emphasizes the fact that women tend more to be victims of violence than men. So it is a good way that the material focuses more on them, although the ideas express in the audio are also applicable to men in case of the present of a violent person or situation.
The work of the author has given him three presidential appointments and a place in a congressional group. He has also been chosen in two occasions to the President’s Advisory Board at the U.S. Department of Justice and his consultant firm has provided advice to several government agencies, universities, police departments, among others on the calculation of threats and hazards. With all that background, it is a good choice listening to this material with extreme care.