Gavin de Becker is an author and security specialist, primarily for governments, large corporations and public figures.
His work around fear and understanding gut instincts are the foundation of his book The Gift Of Fear.
It’s a self-help book arguing that our intuition, or “gut feeling,” is a powerful tool that can help us to stay safe from harm and that we should learn to trust our intuition and to take action even if we cannot explain why we feel afraid.
The book explores the biological and psychological mechanisms of fear. For example, fear is a natural response to danger and that it can help us to avoid harm. However, fear can be manipulated by predators.
Gavin provides advice on how to recognise and respond to potential threats, observing warning signs, persistent attention, inappropriate familiarity, and attempts to isolate you from others. He also includes a few pointers on how to stay safe in different situations, such as when you are walking alone at night or when you are dating someone new.
Intuition is a powerful tool that can help us to stay safe.
We should learn to trust our gut feelings and to listen to our intuition, taking action even if we are not sure what to do.
Gavin’s advice is based on his extensive experience in the field of security and his insights into human behaviour.
The following is a few takeaways.
- Trust your intuition.
- Pay attention to warning signs.
- Take action even if you are not sure what to do.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
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