Monday, February 6, 2012

Book Review: The Gift of Fear and Other Survival Skills that Protect Us from Violence

I redeemed some reward points for books from my Amazon wishlist and here is book review number two.The Gift of Fear and Other Survival Signals that Protect Us From Violence was familiar, I wondered a few times if I had read it before in my pre-prepper life. It is by a security specialist named Gavin DeBecker.

I began to be very concerned about personal safety (for pretty much the first time) after I frequented Ferfal's Surviving In Argentina blog. He discusses how dramatically and quickly crime becomes the most troubling aspect of a post-collapse lifestyle.

I'm going to share with you the things I marked up in the book. Much of the book is stories that teach, but most of what I've marked is easily transferable here. The following are direct quotes.
  1. One way to reduce risk is to learn what risk looks like.
  2. Dark humor is a common way to communicate true concern without the risk of feeling silly afterward.
  3. The messengers of intuition are, in reverse order or urgency: nagging feelings, persisten thoughts, humor, wonder, anxiety, curiosity, hunches, gut feelings, doubt, hesitation, suspicion, apprehension, and fear.
  4. when hiring someone [or choosing a survival group, etc] the goal should be to disqualify poor applicants rather than qualify good applicants. Those who are good will qualify themselves.
  5. respect the value of avoidance and prevention
  6. Most people killed by teenagers are known to them, but about 1 in 5 is a stranger killed during a robbery, either because the teenager panicked or because of peer pressure. Murder is most likely to occur when two or more juveniles jointly commit a crime... 75% of homicides by young people occur when they are high or drunk.
One section that I found very, very helpful, and am planning on teaching my daughters especially, was the section from "Signals and Predictive Strategies." It mainly but not exclusively lists tools that predators, stalkers, and dangerously persistent men will utilize to entrap and convince females to ignore their gut feelings and trust them. I paid $10 forThe Gift of Fear and Other Survival Signals that Protect Us From Violenceon Amazon, and that section alone would've been worth the full price. I recognized the tools that men had tried to use on me in my own life, and he was right on the money when he explained why women "fall for" the tools.


We're so pleased you are reading Farming Salt & Light! Choose how you live!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the review.
Texas Kelly