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Survive the Unthinkable: A Total Guide to Women's Self-Protection [Kindle Edition]

Tim Larkin , Tony Robbins
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Approximately 1.9 million women are physically assaulted annually in the United States alone. In Survive the Unthinkable, Tim Larkin empowers women to understand that surviving a potential attack isn't about being physically bigger, faster, or stronger; it's about knowing how to self-protect, not self-defend.

Survive the Unthinkable reveals the effective, proven principles behind Target Focus Training, the system Larkin has used to train Navy SEALs, celebrities, and soccer moms. It's a counter-intuitive mind / body approach women can use to protect themselves and their loved ones. Readers learn how to identify the difference between social aggression (which can be avoided) and asocial violence (which is unavoidable), recognize personal behaviors that may jeopardize safety, and target highly specific areas on an attacker's body for a strategic counterattack.

Larkin discusses how predators think and teaches women how to spot them, outsmart them, and stop them in their tracks. With principles proven to work regardless of size, strength, or athleticism, Larkin's approach revolutionizes women's perspective on violence and self-protection. Armed with the tools to neutralize any threat, readers will blast through the victim mindset and live freer, safer, more peaceful lives.

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About the Author

TIM LARKIN is a self-protection expert and author of How to Survive the Most Critical 5 Seconds of Your Life. He was named Black Belt magazine's 2011 Self-Defense Instructor of the Year. Over the last 20 years his company, Target Focus Training, has trained more than 48,000 people in more than 52 countries. He lives in Las Vegas.

Product Details

  • File Size: 408 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale (August 20, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,371 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good intentions but too stingy with details September 2, 2013
Tim Larkin is completely right in what he says about self defense. However, this book is not ready for primetime and will be of limited use to any woman. Here is why:

1. No illustrations. Not one. Zero zip nada (except for one meaningless lame one).
2. No list of targets with photos of how to attack them.
3. A very lame and badly written section on microexpressions, with an incorrect and useless description of contempt.

This book needs to be rewritten with generous illustrations and photos that show how a woman should attack various targets, and the section on body language and microexpressions should be rewritten by someone who knows what they are talking about.

Not ready for distribution just quite yet imho.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Myth-busting women's self-defense August 27, 2013
Tim Larkin brings decades of experience to the topic of women's ability to protect themselves from violent attack. It may be hard to wrap your head around some of the concepts - like asocial violence - but Larkin makes a convincing case that women have been woefully underserved by the "self defense" industry, and cheated into thinking they stand no chance against a larger attacker. With Larkin's simple techniques, and most importantly the mindset he imparts, women will be forever empowered against the fear that is too often a part of their daily lives. Highly recommended.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Contains no useful information September 18, 2013
By Andrea
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book gets its length from the repetitive nature of the author. He repeats ideas and full sentences (even paragraphs!), but never says anything helpful. He also spends a lot of time trying to convince someone (presumably the women reading the book) that violence is acceptable if it's an attacker or you (the woman). As someone (a woman) who accepts this without question, I found this repeated information tedious.

Most importantly, the book contains no useful information. The strike information is very basic and, to me, common sense. It would have been a useful book if the author had jumped right in with actual information and included diagrams or pictures. As it is, the book was both a waste of money and of time.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that can save your life September 6, 2013
As a mother of two teenage daughters who lives in a big city I found this book invaluable! Not a day goes by that I don't read headlines or see news stories about women being attacked, raped, or killed. It turns out that close to 2 million women are attacked annually and 1 in 5 college women will be attacked this year. I always tell my daughters to scream and run if someone tries to accost them but, according to the author, to really be safe they need to be decisive, preemptive and aggressive. The author, who's trained Navy Seals, Special Forces, law enforcement has developed a very straight-forward approach that makes so much sense. It's all about targeting vulnerable parts of the body and acting on your attacker before he has a chance to subdue or hurt you. You learn that your size and strength aren't an issue as there are places on the body, like the windpipe, the eyes, the groin (and 120 others) that when struck, can disable anyone of any size instantly. It's about knowing how to self-protect, not self-defend. You learn how to identify the difference between social aggression (which can be avoided) and asocial violence (which is unavoidable), recognize personal behaviors that may jeopardize safety, and how to spot, outsmart, and stop predators in their tracks. I highly recommend this book. It might be the most important book you buy all year.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting perspective February 3, 2014
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I found his insight into how and why women react to violence very interesting, and eye opening! He uses real examples of people being attacked and why their reactions were successful or not. He covers to great lengths how women are told not to fight back, to go along with their attacker so they won’t be injured. I remember being told that in college, fighting might get you injured. Apparently, the campus powers that be did not think rape was injurious. I’m sure that stance contributed to the rampant rapes that were occurring at that time! I can only wonder how fewer rapes there would have been if some of the rapists had their knees shattered and their eyes gouged out as the author suggests. Women are easy prey, weaker, usually preoccupied while out and about. What he advocates is something anyone, weak, young, or old, can do to an attacker. The idea is to be the aggressor, match viciousness for viciousness. If you are attacked, go on the offensive! Do whatever it takes to be able to walk away and survive! The ideas is also to avoid situations that put you in danger. Know the difference between someone being obnoxious and throwing a lot of bravado and one who means to do you actual violent harm. The author takes great care in defining the difference. If you are going to use deadly force, or seriously maim someone, you better be sure that you felt your very life was in danger!
What I felt was lacking in the book was explicit instructions on what to target on an attacker to stop the onslaught. He mentions 70 vulnerabilities, but a chart showing them would be very helpful!
I pray I never have to defend myself. I try to be very aware of my environment. I keep an eye out around me and around my vehicle. I made up my mind years ago that I would not just go along with an attacker.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Tim Larkin has it figured out. No silly stuff ...
Tim Larkin has it figured out. No silly stuff, just hardcore information needed to give not only women but everybody a chance to survive violence aimed towards them
Published 4 days ago by Anthony Wilkins
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!
This is a must read book for every woman! A really fine text-book that is a cross between an inspirational text and a straight-to-the-point book on how to survive the gravest... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
We all know that in this day and time, women need to learn and master self-defense skills - this book was perfect.
Published 1 month ago by Brenda P. Tapp
1.0 out of 5 stars Too much philosophy
I saw the author on TV and was impressed. However, I'm not very impressed by the book. It is full of philosophical comments that are often repetitive. Read more
Published 1 month ago by LB
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a good read
I very much liked this book. I'm certain that if more people read it, there would be many more survivors of assaults and fewer perps around. Read more
Published 2 months ago by David A. Hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent work
You will find the information here to be invaluable. Should you ever be in a difficult situation you will be glad you took the time to read this book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Darrell Fletcher
2.0 out of 5 stars Survive
I find that this book has no diagrams which makes it very disappointing. I did see the demonstrations on TV so I know what they are writing; but, my family that I have it too... Read more
Published 2 months ago by nanadeer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!!
It was everything I thought it would be and more. Excellent information. Loved it from from to back. Very informative!
Published 2 months ago by Lisa DeJesus
4.0 out of 5 stars A supplement to other learning and training on self-defense
"Survive The Unthinkable: A Total Guide To Women's Self-Protection" by Tim Larkin with a Foreword by Tony Robbins is a good book for all women, and men too, to read to better... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alain B. Burrese
5.0 out of 5 stars READ and learn
Larkin's book is not for the faint-of-heart. He explains methodically what one should do, immediately, upon being threatened with death by another person. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kaylan Brett
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