4085: The Gift of Fear

About the Course:

Author Gavin de Becker says victims of violent behavior usually feel a sense of fear before any threat or violence takes place. They may distrust the fear, or it may impel them to some action that saves their lives. A leading expert on predicting violent behavior, de Becker believes we can all learn to recognize these signals of the “universal code of violence,” and use them as tools to help us survive. The book teaches how to identify the warning signals of a potential attacker and recommends strategies for dealing with the problem before it becomes life threatening. The case studies are gripping and suspenseful, and include tactics for dealing with similar situations. People don’t just “snap” and become violent, says de Becker, whose clients include federal government agencies, celebrities, police departments, and shelters for battered women. "There is a process as observable, and often as predictable, as water coming to a boil."

Author

Gavin de Becker

About the Author:

Gavin de Becker is widely regarded as the nation’s leading expert on the prediction and management of violence. In addition to being a best-selling author and prolific public speaker, Mr. de Becker serves as a consultant to many media figures, corporations, government agencies, and universities. He leads a seventy member firm, which maintains the world’s largest library of threat and obsessive communications. Mr. de Becker designed MOSAIC, the threat assessment system hailed by a U.S. Department of Justice study as “one of the ten leading technologies benefiting crime victims and those who serve them.” He has received numerous awards, including awards from the Attorney General, FBI, CIA, and the Presidential Inaugural Certificate of Appreciation. For further information, visit www.gavindebecker.com.

Course Objectives:

  1. to recognize the survival signals that warn of danger

  2. to identify pre-incident indicators that predict violent behavior

  3. to evaluate whether someone will use violence

  4. to identify the appropriate response to threats

  5. to describe common techniques used by criminals to gain victims’ trust

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