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Fear can't help you in a dangerous situation. A former FBI profiler shows you what can.

As one of the world's top experts on psychopathy and criminal behavior, Mary Ellen O'Toole has seen repeatedly how relying on the sense of fear alone often fails to protect us from danger. Whether you are opening the door to a stranger or meeting a date you connected with online, you need to know how to protect yourself from harm-physical, financial, legal, and professional.

Using the SMART method, which O'Toole developed and used at the FBI, we can confidently know how to:

  • Respond to a threat in any situation
  • Hire someone who will work inside your home like a contractor or housekeeper
  • Figure out whether a prospective employee is a safe bet
  • Know whom you can trust with your children

    An especially useful book for women living alone, parents who are concerned about their children's safety, and employers worried about employees who might go postal, Dangerous Instincts gives us the tools used by professionals to navigate potentially hazardous waters. Like The Gift of Fear and The Sociopath Next Door, it will appeal to anyone looking to make the right call in an ever threatening world.

Review:

"Though O'Toole's background as an FBI agent and profiler gives her plenty of insights and concrete examples with which to fill this well-organized and thorough book, readers may shy away from its hard-line approach to safety. Much as we'd prefer to believe the opposite, O'Toole argues that our instincts and intuition let us down all the time, with people often describing unfortunate events only to add-'I never saw that one coming.' To prove her theory that instincts are dangerous, O'Toole offers tests throughout so that readers can assess their responses and reaction to risk. She also references cases she worked during her years with the FBI, and cites anecdotes about well-known criminals, including serial killer Ted Bundy, and white-collar criminals Bernie Madoff and Rob Blagojevich. O'Toole even shares secret profiler tricks-readers can learn what an Armani suit, a neat and tidy living room, or a book collection might reveal about them. "
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About the Author

Mary Ellen O'Toole, PhD, retired from the FBI in 2009. She lectures at the Smithsonian, and frequently speaks all over the world.

Alisa Bowman is the coauthor of six New York Times best- sellers.

Visit dangerousinstincts.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781594630835
Subtitle:
How Gut Feelings Betray Us
Author:
Otoole, Mary Ellen
Author:
O'Toole, Mary Ellen
Author:
Bowman, Alisa
Author:
O'Toole, Ph.D, Mary Ellen
Publisher:
Hudson Street Press
Subject:
Emotions
Subject:
Psychology-Mood Disorders and Depression
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20111013
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.29 x 6.35 x 1.08 in 1.19 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 272 pages Hudson Street Press - English 9781594630835 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Though O'Toole's background as an FBI agent and profiler gives her plenty of insights and concrete examples with which to fill this well-organized and thorough book, readers may shy away from its hard-line approach to safety. Much as we'd prefer to believe the opposite, O'Toole argues that our instincts and intuition let us down all the time, with people often describing unfortunate events only to add-'I never saw that one coming.' To prove her theory that instincts are dangerous, O'Toole offers tests throughout so that readers can assess their responses and reaction to risk. She also references cases she worked during her years with the FBI, and cites anecdotes about well-known criminals, including serial killer Ted Bundy, and white-collar criminals Bernie Madoff and Rob Blagojevich. O'Toole even shares secret profiler tricks-readers can learn what an Armani suit, a neat and tidy living room, or a book collection might reveal about them. "
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