This may be the most important book you will ever read in your life. We women want so badly to be ''nice,'' keep the peace, make everyone happy, and not make a scene. This gene seems to be bred into us (because we all have it) and runs very deep. And it is the very thing that gets women killed every second of every day. We want to please everyone so even if our gut is telling us ''WATCH OUT – RUN!!!,'' we stuff it, put a smile on our faces, and try to be ''nice'' -- right up until we are raped, maimed, or killed.
A woman's intuition is a powerful and wonderful thing. Gavin De Becker, a world renowned expert on stalking crimes and security, says that too many times we don't listen to that life-saving gift and find ourselves in situations that we knew better than to get into. Here, he helps us find our way back to that gift and start saving our own lives.
How many times has an elevator door opened late at night and a woman finds herself face-to-face with someone who gives her the creeps? And how many times do you think she stuffs that feeling, smiles, and gets on that elevator? Gets into a soundproof, sealed chamber with someone who made the hair on the back of her neck stand up? It happens thousands of times a day, all over the world. The question is why? The answer: because she didn't want to offend anyone or make a scene.
Has this book saved my life? I obviously can't tell you a definite yes, but I can say that I am pretty certain it has. After reading The Gift of Fear, I now pay attention like never before when my gut screams at me to MOVE or LEAVE or AVOID! I have totally gotten over the ''nice'' thing. If something doesn't feel right to me, I pay attention to what my body is trying to say and act accordingly.
I have given this book to every woman in my life who means something to me. And you should too – mothers, daughters, sisters, friends — every woman needs to read this book.