The gift of fear


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Posted by Paul Cerra on June 15, 2002 at 18:28:44:

In reply to: Re: a resolution to the home appointment dilemma posted by Lisa K on June 14, 2002 at 22:09:06:

: I am so glad to hear resolution. It sounds solid as it can be
under
: the conditions we work in. After having met you, I feel you have
: GREAT instincts and I know you trust and listen to them. I cannot
: stress this enough. There is a book called The GIFT Of Fear. It
: decifers why we get those flags or intuitions.

"The Gift of Fear" by Gavin deBecker is an excellent book. I'd
recommend this book to anyone. It's chiefly directed at educating
women about the risks to their safety and the methods for dealing
with such risks, but Gavin deBecker and his threat-assessment
business has been extremely successful and is now known world-wide.
He is also employed by men (often rich or famous men) who have
received threats or who simply want to be aware of what might happen
if they do receive threats. This book is available at libraries and
it's a good read. Among other things, he talks about how modern women
have supressed their intuitions (at the behest of "society") and how
they can get back in touch with their instincts. He also discusses
methods that predators use to gain women's trust, like "forced
teaming" (i.e. insisting on helping you carry your groceries
upstairs, thereby gaining entry into your building and even your
apartment.) It's easy to say "I'd never fall for that", but these
guys are really slick and they practice this stuff. I'm not trying to
be a fear-monger. But if you're interested in personal safety, you
will not be disappointed with this book.

-P

 


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