A compelling journey into the science and behavior of psychopaths, written by the leading scientist in the field of criminal psychopathy.
We know of psychopaths from chilling headlines and stories in the news and movies—from Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy, to Hannibal Lecter and Dexter Morgan. As Dr. Kent Kiehl shows, psychopaths can be identified by a checklist of symptoms that includes pathological lying; lack of empathy, guilt, and remorse; grandiose sense of self-worth; manipulation; and failure to accept one’s actions. But why do psychopaths behave the way they do? Is it the result of their environment— how they were raised—or is there a genetic component to their lack of conscience?
This is the question Kiehl, a protégé of famed psychopath researcher Dr. Robert Hare, was determined to answer as he began his career twenty years ago. To aid in his quest to unravel the psychopathic mind, Kiehl created the first mobile functional MRI scanner to study psychopaths in prison populations. The brains of more than five hundred psychopaths and three thousand other offenders have been scanned by Kiehl’s laboratory—the world’s largest forensic neuroscience repository of its kind. Over the course of The Psychopath Whisperer, we follow the scientific bread crumbs that Kiehl uncovered to show that the key brain structures that correspond with emotional engagement and reactions are diminished in psychopaths, offering new clues to how to predict and treat the disorder.
In The Psychopath Whisperer, Kiehl describes in fascinating detail his years working with psychopaths and studying their thought processes— from the remorseless serial killers he meets with behind bars to children whose behavior and personality traits exhibit the early warning signs of psychopathy.
Less than 1 percent of the general population meets the criteria for psychopathy. But psychopaths account for a vastly outsized proportion of violent crimes. And as Kiehl shows, many who aren’t psychopaths exhibit some of the behaviors and traits associated with the condition. What do you do if you discover your roommate, or boss, or the person you are dating has traits that define a psychopath? And what does having a diminished limbic region of the brain mean for how the legal system approaches crimes committed by psychopaths?
A compelling narrative of cutting-edge science, The Psychopath Whisperer will open your eyes on a fascinating but little understood world, with startling implications for society, the law, and our personal lives.
Bruce Goldstein’s COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY: CONNECTING MIND, RESEARCH, AND EVERYDAY EXPERIENCE connects the study of cognition to your everyday life. A wealth of concrete examples and illustrations help you understand the theories of cognition-driving home both the scientific importance of the theories and their relevance to your daily life. This accessible book introduces you to landmark studies and cutting-edge research that define this fascinating field. To help you further experiment with and understand the concepts in the text, COGLAB: THE ONLINE COGNITION LAB, AVAILABLE SEPARATELY contains dozens of classic experiments designed to help you learn about cognitive concepts and how the mind works.
Human Lie Detection Expert Reveals the Biggest Secrets in Successfully Detecting Lies in any Situation, Without Equipment! The book is filled with lessons Doug Whetstone has learned over the years and details of his revolutionary scientific studies about deception detection, which he used to develop the Body Language Assessment and Scoring Technique (BLAST™) that is taking the deception detection field by storm. For the first time, a deception detection expert explains how to accurately spot lies, under what circumstances you can expect to catch lies, and the reliability (in terms of percentage) of specific deception indicators. The book is detailed yet easy to understand. No longer do people have to guess if they were lied to. This book is the basis of the BLAST™ Lie Detection Seminars and Expert Certification Courses. The book is a must-read for those wanting to learn this skill and those who are already deception detection experts. Everyone deserves to know when they are being lied to! Grounded in science, this book is essential for professionals who interview others, such as police officers, intelligence professionals, hiring managers, lawyers, judges and everyone else who seeks the truth. Doug Whetstone has worked behind closed doors for the US military and government for over 30 years perfecting deception detection. Now, for the first time he reveals how anyone can be a skilled human lie detection expert.
Lying is a normal part of human communication and is sometimes necessary to protect someone’s feelings, but there are also malicious lies meant to deceive, cheat, and defraud. You can’t always rely on what comes out of someone’s mouth. It doesn’t take mind reading superpowers to be able to tell when someone is lying—but it does take special skills and a little practice.
In Lie Detecting 101, international expert in undercover operations Dr. David Craig provides readers with an easy-to-follow guide on applying lie-detection skills to your everyday life. From the simple skills of bargaining, making a purchase, or dealing with children, to the more serious business of negotiating a contract or identifying infidelity, Craig delivers simple but effective tips and techniques we can all use to see behind the façade and get to the truth.
Lie Detecting 101 is the culmination of over twenty years of practical criminology and hundreds of hours of academic research. Split into three parts, the book looks at understanding lies and how to detect lies, and includes an easy reference section that summarizes all the main points. With full-color photographs and practical examples, Lie Detecting 101 provides anyone with the tools to be a human lie detector. The mystery of what a person is really thinking is finally unlocked in this fascinating and informative book.
This combined survey of operant and classical conditioning provides professional and academic readers with an up-to-date, inclusive account of a core field of psychology research, with in-depth coverage of the basic theory, its applications, and current topics including behavioral economics.
Provides comprehensive coverage of operant and classical conditioning, relevant fundamental theory, and applications including the latest techniques
Features chapters by leading researchers, professionals, and academicians
Reviews a range of core literature on conditioning
Covers cutting-edge topics such as behavioral economics
Set for release on the 10th anniversary of Saddam Hussein’s execution, a riveting, revealing and newsmaking account of the CIA’s interrogation of Saddam, written by the CIA agent who conducted the questioning.
In December 2003, after one of the largest, most aggressive manhunts in history, US military forces captured Iraqi president Saddam Hussein near his hometown of Tikrit. Beset by body-double rumors and false alarms during a nine-month search, the Bush administration needed positive identification of the prisoner before it could make the announcement that would rocket around the world.
At the time, John Nixon was a senior CIA leadership analyst who had spent years studying the Iraqi dictator. Called upon to make the official ID, Nixon looked for telltale scars and tribal tattoos and asked Hussein a list of questions only he could answer. The man was indeed Saddam Hussein, but as Nixon learned in the ensuing weeks, both he and America had greatly misunderstood just who Saddam Hussein really was. Debriefing the President presents an astounding, candid portrait of one of our era’s most notorious strongmen. Nixon, the first man to conduct a prolonged interrogation of Hussein after his capture, offers expert insight into the history and mind of America’s most enigmatic enemy. After years of parsing Hussein’s leadership from afar, Nixon faithfully recounts his debriefing sessions and subsequently strips away the mythology surrounding an equally brutal and complex man. His account is not an apology, but a sobering examination of how preconceived ideas led Washington policymakers—and the Bush White House—astray. Unflinching and unprecedented, Debriefing the President exposes a fundamental misreading of one of the modern world’s most central figures and presents a new narrative that boldly counters the received account.
More and more consumers and businesses are being victimized by increasingly sophisticated email scams, including “phishing” schemes. This handy, step-by-step guide, written in plain English, will show you how to recognize phishing emails. It will help you avoid being taken in by these scams, without having to decipher a lot of computer jargon. Includes quick reference guide and glossary.
*****Expanded and Updated***** This book contains not only the techniques that Captain Pettigrew uses and teaches, he now shows you the “proof” that his method of lie detection works! LIAR: Lie Detection Made Easy Never Be Fooled, Conned, Duped Or Tricked By Little White Lies, Big Fat Lies, Or Even Half-Truths Again! Once you read this easy to understand, easy to use guide, written by a law enforcement professional with over 20 years? experience in lie detection, you will easily be able to: Instantly Spot A Lie Do you have the feeling that you are being lied to? The truth is: YOU ARE. Liars are everywhere?but you don?t have to fall for their lies any longer. You will learn how to spot a lie immediately?even in someone?s writing?without years of training! Have More Confidence In Relationships Can you imagine the advantages you would have in relationships, if you only knew the real truth all of the time? Learn the right way to ask questions and listen for the answers to determine if you are being lied to. Remember: The TRUTH will set you free! Get The Whole Truth Finally open your eyes to the lies you are being fed every day. Politicians, pastors, friends, co-workers, and just about everyone you come in contact with has the potential to be a liar on some scale. This book will arm you with the tools you need to be vigilant, in-the-know, and to make the right decisions based on the truth. Don?t be a fool for one more day. All of the liars out there are depending on the fact that you will remain in the dark. Buy this book now and never be a victim to liars again!
The real story behind the Tavistock Institute and its network, from a popular conspiracy expert
The Tavistock Institute, in Sussex, England, describes itself as a nonprofit charity that applies social science to contemporary issues and problems. But this book posits that it is the world’s center for mass brainwashing and social engineering activities. It grew from a somewhat crude beginning at Wellington House into a sophisticated organization that was to shape the destiny of the entire planet, and in the process, change the paradigm of modern society. In this eye-opening work, both the Tavistock network and the methods of brainwashing and psychological warfare are uncovered. With connections to U.S. research institutes, think tanks, and the drug industry, the Tavistock has a large reach, and Tavistock Institute attempts to show that the conspiracy is real, who is behind it, what its final long term objectives are, and how we the people can stop them.
Using principles from cognitive psychology, Nick Kolenda developed a unique way to subconsciously influence people’s thoughts. He developed a “mind reading” stage show depicting that phenomenon, and his demonstrations have been seen by over a million people across the globe.
Methods of Persuasion reveals that secret for the first time. You’ll learn how to use those principles to influence people’s thoughts in your own life.
Drawing from academic research in psychology, the entire book culminates a powerful 7-step persuasion process that follows the acronym, METHODS:
Step 1: Mold Their Perception
Step 2: Elicit Congruent Attitudes
Step 3: Trigger Social Pressure
Step 4: Habituate Your Message
Step 5: Optimize Your Message
Step 6: Drive Their Momentum
Step 7: Sustain Their Compliance
This book teaches you the psychology behind each step. You’ll learn how to apply METHODS to your own life so that you can influence people’s thoughts, emotions, and behavior in nearly any situation.
Could you or someone you know be married to a sociopath? The author of this book was, but it took her twenty years to figure it out. She wrote this book to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen to other people. Onna thought the classmate she married was her Prince Charming—kind, honest, loving, and intellectually vibrant—but she was wrong. That “spark” she felt wasn’t true love, it was a trap—custom designed to ensnare her. Onna’s repayment for investing twenty years into her marriage and unwittingly providing her husband with a façade of normalcy was ongoing gaslighting and chronic emotional assault, all twisted and framed so she would attribute them to her own apparent shortcomings. By the time she understood what was really happening, her emotional, physical and financial health were in peril. Why did her husband do it? Because that’s what sociopaths do. Sociopaths are far more common than most people imagine. To help others recognize the subtle warning signs that they might be in the crosshairs of a well-camouflaged sociopath, Onna shares her story while detailing the techniques her ex-husband used to control her behavior and erode her self-esteem. She also explores the psychological research regarding why such methods are so effective, why it is hard to understand what is happening while you are in the situation, why the cumulative effect is so ruinous, and, more importantly, why you must escape if you suspect you are in a similar situation. This insightful, cautionary tale is a must read for men and women alike.
Are You Being Charmed? Manipulated? Used? Lied To On A Regular Basis – Even About The Small Stuff? Are You Afraid To Leave The Relationship? Do You Sometimes Feel Like You’re Going Crazy? Do You Fear That Maybe It Really Is You And Not The Other Person That Is Crazy? Then This Book Is For You! Learn… What Is A Personality What Is a Personality Disorder Who Exactly Is A Psychopath Protect Yourself Why Should You Be Concerned Who Are Their Victims The Psychopath Checklist How A Psychopath Views The World How They Behave In Relationships How To Spot A Manipulator How To Deal With A Psychopath Is Your Partner A Psychopath Escape Learn Why Its So Hard To Escape How To Heal Recovering From The Hurt LEARN HOW TO IDENTIFY A PSYCHOPATH, PROTECT YOURSELF AND ESCAPE. DON’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE.
Throughout history, humans have attempted to influence and control the thoughts of others. Since the word ‘brainwashing’ was coined in the aftermath of the Korean War, it has become part of the popular culture and been exploited to create sensational headlines. It has also been the subject of learned discussion from many disciplines: including history, sociology, psychology, and psychotherapy. But until now, a crucial part of the debate has been missing: that of any serious reference to the science of the human brain. Descriptions of how opinions can be changed, whether by persuasion, deceit, or force, have been almost entirely psychological.
In Brainwashing, Kathleen Taylor brought the worlds of neuroscience and social psychology together for the first time. In elegant and accessible prose, and with abundant use of anecdotes and case-studies, she examines the ethical problems involved in carrying out the required experiments on humans, the limitations of animal models, and the frightening implications of such research. She also explores the history of thought-control and shows how it persists all around us, from marketing and television, to politics and education.
This edition includes a new preface from the author reflecting on the uses of brainwashing today, including by the Islamic State.
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