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Dangerous Instincts: How Gut Feelings Betray…

Dangerous Instincts: How Gut Feelings Betray Us

by Mary Ellen O'Toole Ph.D

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This book provides very basic information on cognitive processes that mislead us in reading people and on how to interview people paying attention to deceptive responses.

The book could have been greatly improved if it's structure were more streamlined, less repetitive, and a little more sophisticated in content. Also, I thought that a national picture of crime and a discussion of the likelihood that we will encounter various kinds of danger would have put the book into much better context. Sometimes the kinds of danger she discussed didn't sound that likely to occur for most of us, but a national picture of the sorts of crime she discusses would have been helpful to put those assumptions to the test. ( )
  leduck | Oct 19, 2013 |
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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. A useful book for women living alone, parents who are concerned about their children's safety, and employers worried about employees who might go postal.--From publisher description.… (more)

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