By Lariena Nokes

Sometimes in the course of daily life, well-meaning people confuse confidence with foolishness.

They misread a potentially dangerous situation, or trust a person who then turns on them.

Every day, intelligent adults end up in situations that challenge them and, on rare occasions, those situations put their lives in danger.

Gavin De Becker’s, book, “The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us From Violence,” teaches people to trust their own personal intuition.

I recommend picking up this self-help page-turner and learn that you were smarter than you think you are.

This book is packed from cover to cover with valuable tips and stories, presented in novella form.

The stories demonstrate the knowledge in practice.

De Becker notes that terror is big business in the media empires that rule American entertainment.

Horror movies, violent video games and workplace violence all seek to dull the public’s intuition.

This book teaches the reader how to take responsibility for his or her own well-being in a safe, productive, logical and moral way.

By learning to follow predictable indicators, anyone can learn that the fear you feel with every fiber of your being can be the greatest tool you have to defend yourself.

Deducing that a romantic pursuer does not intend to give up can be a clear sign that he or she means trouble.

According to this book, stalkers seek to control others because of a lack of self-control.

One must recognize threats of work-place violence in time to defuse the situation — or correctly fire a threat safely and properly to maintain the safety of the workplace for the remaining employees.

By being able to detect accurate intuitive signals and evaluate them correctly, you to can develop a respect for your personal gift of fear.

Pick up this book and prepare to learn that you are smarter than you thought you were.

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