The Safety Trap by Spencer Coursen

I don’t know about you, but the news today is full of doom and gloom. It’s almost impossible to not be thinking about the worse-case scenario. But what if we flipped our thinking around and worked on embracing and being prepared for what’s to come in a positive light?

Thank you St. Martin’s Press for my gifted copy in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: Despite what the news and social media would have you believe, we have never lived in a safer time than we are now. Unfortunately, we live under a false sense of security enforced by authorities that only alleviates fears without reducing risk. We have placed our personal safety, and our responsibilities of guarding it, into the hands of people trained only to respond to crises, not actively prevent them. Our blind faith in institutions to protect us has only dulled our natural survival instincts. The truth is that when we feel safest is actually when we are in the most danger.
This is the paradox of The Safety Trap. When you don’t expect danger, you simply fail to see the signs that something bad is about to happen. But the signs are always there, and staying safe is about training yourself to see them. In easy-to-implement methods of maintaining vigilance, assessing risk, and taking preventative measures, you’ll discover how to be alert without anxiety and know how to best protect and defend yourself on the job, in school, in public places, at home, and online.

There’s a difference between anxiety and preparedness, and this book hits the spot. Before therapy, I used to be so anxious about the impossible. I honestly wish I had this book back then because it really puts things into perspective without making you question “but, what if…”. I do think you have to be in the right mindset for this book. If you are really in an anxious spot right now, thinking on these things may not be the best for you. All in all, this is a great book to always have on hand for whatever may come your way.

4/5 Stars

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