Topic 37
Listen to Your Lizard Brain

Only human beings can look directly at something, have all the information they need to make an accurate prediction, perhaps even momentarily make the accurate prediction, and then say that it isn't so.

Gavin de Becker, The Gift of Fear

Gavin de Becker's life's work is helping people to protect themselves. His book, The Gift of Fear: And Other Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence [de 98], encapsulates his message. One of the key themes running through the book is that as sophisticated humans we have learned to ignore our more animal side; our instincts, our lizard brain. He claims that most people who are attacked in the street are aware of feeling uncomfortable or nervous before the attack. These ...

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