Book: First Defense by David Hopkins, PHD
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Release Date: October 1, 2015
Anxiety happens whether you like it or not. It's your body's way of telling you "something is wrong here." Learning how to use anxiety as a personal weapons for self-defense is the best way you can achieve awareness and avoidance, which are the first two steps learned in self-defense preparedness training.
Everyone is born with an instinctual survival mechanism. In fact, it has kept humankind safe for millennia. Unfortunately, most of us have been conditioned to ignore it. That's dangerous.
You will learn how to develop personal safety skills by doing thought exercises, both in your home and in public spaces. These important exercises will help you become more aware of your surroundings and empower you to make the right decision on what or who to avoid.
First Defense should be read by most people, including:
Foreword Review by Barry Silverstein
In addition to acting as a guide to modern day self-protection, First Defense contains sections on other contemporary issues. The discussion of PTSD, for example, is both authoritative and enlightened; Hopkins points out that soldiers need not have faced a direct life-threatening event to experience severe trauma, yet mental health workers will not diagnose PTSD unless such an event takes place. A chapter titled “Specific Issues Relating to Women and Children” sensitively addresses child abuse, threats from intimate partners, online threats to children, and how to train children to protect themselves.Perhaps the most compelling quality of First Defense is the book’s focus on the psychological aspects of self-defense. Rather than concentrate on specific techniques of martial arts and hand-to-hand combat, which might be expected, the book concentrates on “learning to be present, to feel anxiety, and to think and act in different circumstances.” This is a refreshing approach that implies sound judgment is required before facing any adversity. First Defense sheds important new light on our understanding of, and attitude toward, self-protection.
Finalist - USA Book News Self-Help Category