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A carjacker lurking in a shopping mall parking lot. An abusive husband pounding on the door. A disgruntled employee brandishing a gun. These days, no one is safe from the specter of violence. But according to Gavin de Becker, everyone can feel safer, act safer, be safer — if they learn how to listen to their own sixth sense about danger.

De Becker has made a career of protecting people and predicting violent behavior. His firm handles security for many of Hollywood's top celebrities — Madonna, Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis, Brooke Shields, and John Travolta, among others, according to press reports — and his computerized risk-assessment system helps analyze threats to members of Congress and the Supreme Court. Now, in this unprecedented guide, de Becker shares his expertise with everyone. Covering all the dangerous situations people typically face — street crime, domestic abuse, violence in the workplace — de Becker provides real-life examples and offers specific advice on restraining orders, self-defense, and more. But the key to self-protection, he demonstrates, is learning how to trust — and act on — our own intuitions. For everyone who's ever felt threatened, this book is essential reading.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [323]-324) and index.

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crowyhead, September 25, 2008 (view all comments by crowyhead)
The more I think about this book, the more impressed I feel with how useful it is. So often, information about avoiding danger that is given to people, particularly women, is unhelpful, dangerous, sexist, and/or serves only to feed into paranoia.

De Becker, in contrast, draws a strong distinction between the culture of fear that we live in (where TV news and email forwards cultivate fear of dangers that are unlikely to occur), and fear as an instinctive tool one can use to protect oneself. He points out repeatedly that there is a difference between helpful fear and anxiety/worry, and that one must learn to quell the voices of paranoia that (for example) tell one that every individual walking down the street is a potential attacker, so that when one encounters someone who actually is a potential attacker, one can "hear" one's fear.

In addition to advising the reader to listen to his/her fear, de Becker also gives helpful tips regarding behaviors to watch for. Does someone refuse to accept "no" for an answer, after it's clearly stated? Do they seek to allay your discomfort by creating camraderie where there is none (using a lot of "we" statements)? Do they seem overly interested, or supply way too many details for someone you've just met?

De Becker doesn't just focus on encounters with strangers or near-strangers (such as dates one has just met). He also spends a great deal of time discussing domestic abuse and child abuse and the way fear functions in these relationships. There is also a great deal of information on workplace violence and ways it can be avoided, which should be required reading for any manager or hiring officer. The only time the book seemed somewhat irrelevant was in the later chapters, where de Becker discusses celebrity stalking and assasinations/assasination attempts. These chapters are interesting from a human behavior standpoint, but are less readily applicable.

Overall, I would recommend this to everyone, but particularly to women like me who sometimes have trouble balancing safety with the desire not to let anxiety rule their lives.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316235020
Author:
de Becker, Gavin
Publisher:
Little Brown and Company
Author:
Gavin de Becker
Author:
de Becker, Gavin
Location:
Boston :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Criminology
Subject:
Social Services & Welfare
Subject:
Personal & Practical Guides
Subject:
Safety
Subject:
Violence
Subject:
Fear
Subject:
Intuition (Psychology)
Subject:
Crime prevention
Subject:
Victims of crimes
Subject:
Intuition
Subject:
Violent crimes
Subject:
Psychology, Social.
Subject:
Crime Victims.
Subject:
Personal Growth - General
Subject:
Victims of violent crimes
Subject:
Violence in Society
Subject:
Health and Medicine-General
Subject:
General Self-Help
Subject:
Fear; Intuition; Self-defense; Violence against women; Violence; Domestic violence; Survival; Trust; Psychology; Human behavior; Mental health; Predators; Stalkers; Stalking; Criminology; Crime; Criminals; Law enforcement; Women; Sociology
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
104-3
Publication Date:
19970631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.26x6.29x1.16 in. 1.44 lbs.

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