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The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker
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Aug 20, 08

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Recommended for: Everyone who interacts with people at all. Meaning, you.
Read in August, 2008

After the fifth or sixth person either recommended "The Gift of Fear" or mentioned reading it, I made sure to find it at the library.
"The Gift of Fear" is a tough read at times, due to discussion of violent crimes. However, the subject -- learning to trust that true reaction of fear when in a situation or encountering someone that just doesn't seem right -- is one that more people should spend time thinking about.
While De Becker emphasizes listening to the reaction of fear, he discourages worry, and helps the reader differentiate between the two. De Becker also provides characteristics of violent individuals.
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