Dangerous Instincts: Use an FBI Profiler's Tactics to Avoid Unsafe Situations

Dangerous Instincts: Use an FBI Profiler's Tactics to Avoid Unsafe Situations

by Mary Ellen O'Toole Ph.D, Alisa Bowman

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101545164
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/13/2011
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 469,973
File size: 499 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xiii

Chapter 1 Test Your Instincts 3

Chapter 2 The Dangers of Relying on Instincts and Intuition 27

Chapter 3 Personality: It's What Makes People Tick 41

Chapter 4 What Makes People Dangerous 53

Chapter 5 Why We Miss the Details That Matter 83

Chapter 6 How to Improve Your Judgment 101

Chapter 7 How to Assess and Mitigate Risk 121

Chapter 8 How to Uncover Information 137

Chapter 9 How to Size Someone Up 177

Chapter 10 How to Make a Decision 197

Chapter 11 The Dangerous Instincts Safety Guide 233

Appendix: The Dangerous Instincts Resource List 241

Notes 247

Index 249

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Dangerous Instincts 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone needs to read this book! It is a great reminder that we blind ourselves with our "gut" but are inadvertantly putting ourselves in precarious situations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As the title of the review states this was a very informative book. The misspellings and typos in my nook copy were distracting at times. No copy editor worth their salt should let an author's work be seen with that many mistakes. This has happened in other nook purchases, such as a whole page missing in an H.P.Lovecraft anthology.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book for parents, teachers, law enforcement any concerned about the community in which we all live. The book presents an insight into the workings of the criminal mind and gives a framework to evaluate any situation for personal risk.
WineGarden42 More than 1 year ago
Very interesting information from a FBI profiler on making us more alert to people we think we can trust. The author's experience warn us not to trust our gut feelings but to ask and observe behaviors and answers to our more probing questions. We can easily be deceived by our feelings.
SuperDuperNY More than 1 year ago
Best Book
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It was very interesting and I'd definitly read it again and again.
Trixielady More than 1 year ago
OMG! I was really surprised with the information I learned from this book. I'm extremely glad I decided to read it, I think everyone should. We (society) don't normally think about the information in this book that could one day save a life, our own or someone else's.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my daughter who is a Psychology major and is intrigued by what makes criminals and saddest do what they do. After my daughter read Dangerous Instincts she passed it on to my wife and told my wife that she had to read it because it was very eye opening. My daughter loves this book and was very happy that Dr. O'Toole wrote this educational and informative book. Dr. O'Toole has helped my daughter see that you can't take any one for face value anymore, learn how to use the SMART method which she found to be very helpful and my daughter looked back and realized that she had been dating some sketchy guys and how to be more cautious with certain things. My wife was so surprised after reading dangerous instincts she told me that she would have opened the door if the cable or power man came to our house without a second thought. After reading this book my wife and daughter are more detail orientated, vigilant, and more aware of there surroundings and if any one is paying to much attention to them. Everyone needs to read this wonderful book because it really opens your eyes to the monsters that are really out there waiting for their next victim. It will make you and your family more aware of the people around you, the people you disclose your personal and financial information to, how to spot a con artist, see the warning signs of an abusive boyfriend or girlfriend and how to talk to your son or daughter about the abusive girlfriend or boyfriend, it also helps to spot someone who could be violent and dangerous as well as psychopaths. Thank you Dr. O'Toole for all of this wonderful and insightful information.