We seem to wake up to a new tragedy in the news every day Newtown, Boston, Aurora, Columbine. So often the reporters say that "there were some signs, but nobody acted." the scary part about these tragedies is that less than 1% of criminals are incarcerated for their crimes, meaning that for every headline, there are millions of dangerous situations in which average people find themselves.Read more...
We seem to wake up to a new tragedy in the news every day Newtown, Boston, Aurora, Columbine. So often the reporters say that "there were some signs, but nobody acted." the scary part about these tragedies is that less than 1% of criminals are incarcerated for their crimes, meaning that for every headline, there are millions of dangerous situations in which average people find themselves. On top of that, how can ordinary people identify threats from those who may not hurt them physically but can devastate their lives on a daily basis the crazy coworkers, out-of control family members, or relentless neighbors?
In "Dangerous Personalities," former FBI profiler Joe Navarro shows readers how to identify the four most common "dangerous personalities" and analyze how much of a threat each one can be: the Narcissist, the Predator, the Paranoid, and the Unstable Personality. Along the way, readers learn how to protect themselves both immediately and long-term as well as how to recover from the trauma of being close to such a destructive force."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-07-07
- Reviewer: Staff
Drawing on his experience as an FBI criminal profiler, Navarro (Louder Than Words) offers readers an thought-provoking course in psychological self-defense by profiling common personality traits of potentially harmful people. Practical above all else, the book covers the four most common personality types of criminals—narcissists, predators, the emotionally unstable, paranoiacs—providing key identifying features of each. These explanations are straightforward but nevertheless chilling, for example Navarro describes the predator as one who is “unfettered by emotional attachments, conscience, morals, laws, or ethics,” victimizing women and children or, in a corporate context, investors, all while displaying a “flat affect” like the BTK killer. The author provides a thorough checklist to help readers evaluate where a problematic individual might fall on the spectrum from taking an “emotional toll” to being an “emotional, psychological, financial, or physical danger.” In addition to the obvious warning to maintain distance, there is advice for dealing with each personality type (for example: avoid arguing with the paranoid). As he himself admits, Navarro is not a psychologist, so these are not hard and fast diagnostic tools but a more general, user-friendly set of descriptions and recommendations. The checklists and resource guide alone make this a very useful book to have on hand. Agent: Steve Ross, Abrams Artists Agency. (Oct.)