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How do you deal with those that break the law? If their aim is to evade you, how do you identify them? If their aim is to lie, how do you interview them? If they don't see their actions are wrong, how do you help them to successfully reform?

Criminal psychology is the discipline which tackles these challenges head on. From the signals which give away when we’re lying to the psychological profiling of violent offenders, this exhaustive guide, written by the UK’s top experts, is the perfect introduction.

©2006 R H Bull, Charlotte Bilby, Claire Cooke, Tim Grant, Ruth Hatcher, & Jessica Woodhams (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Criminal Psychology and Terrorist Leadership

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Criminal Psychology is one of the few technical audio books that I truly enjoyed; however, now that I’ve listened to it, I’ll have to get the hard copy version so I can make notes and use it as a reference. The variety and range of examples made the concepts relatively easy to understand. It was also nice to contrast this work with my research on terrorist organizational behavior (ISBN-13: 978-0615687391). There are many possible correlations between the psychology of criminals (or forensic psychology of terrorist leaders) and the profiling of terrorist organizations. I recommend this book to those interested in the behaviors of individuals, as well as groups, particularly as an alternate reference when researching terrorism.

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  • 06-28-12

Excellent Balance to Criminal Profile Titles

What did you love best about Criminal Psychology: Bolinda Beginner Guides?

This is an excellent source for learning about the specifics of criminal behavior. For example, I now understand why an instructor from a homicide investigation class repeatedly used the phrase "we covet what we see." It's related to the term "distance decay" and explains why offenders commit crimes near their homes.

The book also adds balance against the nonfiction books written by, and about, professional criminal profilers. Come to think of it, if profilers are so successful, why are there still so many unsolved crimes?

The point is, there is no perfect solution, formula or science for neutralizing criminal conduct. However, this book is an excellent tool for those who want to understand why we do what we do.


What other book might you compare Criminal Psychology: Bolinda Beginner Guides to and why?

More info once I finish the book.

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Good but too superficial

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I did like it, but I found there wasn't as much depth of content that I was after. To be fair I am a therapist but not in this field and I was hoping for more that the standard known information out in the general public. There was too much on police and prisons and definitely not enough on the mind of the actual criminal. I was hoping for a lot more, but still worth the read.

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  • 04-20-21

Educational and interesting

This book has helped me understand multiple aspects of how people work and been a fantastic study guide for me diploma

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  • Chris
  • 01-05-22

Very superficial

Even for a beginner, the book is too superficial. When making a point, the author often spouts statistics instead of talking through the point; there is very little in the way of case studies. This makes it hard to connect with what's being said. I could say more, but I feel this short, unsubstantiated review befits the book better.

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  • Andy Bartlett
  • 11-14-21

great introduction to forensic psychology

great introduction to the concepts and theories of criminal psychology by experts such as Bull, et al