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Forensic Psychology For Dummies

Forensic Psychology For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

David Canter , Ian Rankin
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A fascinating guide on the psychology of crime

Thinking of a career that indulges your CSI fantasies? Want to understand the psychology of crime? Whether studying it for the first time or an interested spectator, Forensic Psychology For Dummies gives you all the essentials for understanding this exciting field, complemented with fascinating case examples from around the world.

Inside you'll find out why people commit crime, how psychology helps in the investigative process, the ways psychologists work with criminals behind bars - and how you too can become a forensic psychologist. You'll discover what a typical day is like for a forensic psychologist, how they work with the police to build offender profiles, interview suspects or witnesses, and detect lies!

  • Covers the important role psychology plays in assessing offenders
  • Explains how psychology is applied in the courtroom
  • Explains complicated psychology concepts in easy-to-understand terms

If you're a student considering taking forensic psychology or just love to learn about the science behind crime, Forensic Psychology For Dummies is everything you need to get up-to-speed on this fascinating subject.


Law, order and the criminal mind - a fascinating introduction to forensic psychology and its many applications
Want to understand what makes the criminal mind tick? In this fascinating guide a top forensic psychologist goes beyond the myths and media sensationalism to clue you in on what forensic psychologists really do. Using real-life case examples from around the world, he shows you how they work and the important contributions they make to the criminal justice system. He also provides valuable pointers on how to break into this exciting field.
* Watch the forensic psychologist in action - learn how psychology contributes to the investigative process, including 'offender profiling' and detecting lies
* Penetrate the criminal mind - discover the various methods psychologists have developed for assessing offenders
* Witness psychology in the courtroom - discover how psychologists give guidance in legal proceedings and the valuable assistance they offer prosecutors and defence attorneys alike
* Find out about their work behind bars - uncover how psychologists work with convicted offenders in their rehabilitation
* Discover how to become a forensic psychologist - learn about the training that's required and the major stages in the career of a typical forensic psychologist
* Get the lowdown on great cases where forensic psychology has made all the difference - read accounts of how some of the greats of the profession helped crack cases and bring dangerous felons to justice
Open the book and find:
* Why people commit crimes
* How psychologists help in the investigative process
* The truth about 'offender profiling'
* Methods for interviewing witnesses and victims
* Tactics for interviewing suspects and detecting lies
* How psychology is used in the courtroom
* Info about working with criminals behind bars
* The most promising career opportunities in forensic psychology
Learn about:
* How psychology is used in criminal investigations and the courtroom
* The interviewing of suspects and witnesses - and how the experts detect lies!
* The ways psychologists work with offenders
* How you can become a forensic psychologist


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Perfect! 16. Januar 2014
Von HY
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It's worth reading it, easy to underdtand for anybody
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Only A Dummy Would Believe This Author 2. April 2013
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To anyone with any knowledge of this subject, it's clear Professor David Canter has his own agenda: proving that his knowledge is greater than that of the FBI. If readers pay close attention, they will soon notice this recurring theme underlying Canter's written words.

For example, in one 'myth buster', Canter states that it's a myth that "Americans are current world leaders in 'profiling'. I guess people assume this because so much publicity is given to what goes on in the US. If any country has the most highly trained and focused behavioral investigative advisors it's probably the UK."

Sour grapes much, Professor Cantor?

According to the author bio, Professor Cantor brought profiling to the UK. He states he entered the field in 1985, when Scotland Yard asked for his help in apprehending serial rapist/killer John Duffy. The FBI's profiling program began in 1979, fully six years before Duffy began this phase of his career--a fact which he fails to mention. He also misleads the reader by stating that it's a myth that "The FBI did serious scientific studies on which they base their 'profiles'." It's true that the FBI isn't a behavioral laboratory, but FBI Agent John Douglas spent his career doing face-to-face interviews with know criminals, and collecting data regarding their crimes--which is why Thomas Harris based one of his famous character on Douglas in "Silence of the Lambs" Canter makes a great deal of fuss about how misleading this book is, another indication of his jealousy.

Although I'm not a professor, I have a degree in psychology (obtained from one of the top psychology departments in the world) and spent a number of years working in the forensic unit of a state psychiatric hospital, primarily with sex offenders. Seeing this book in our local library, I checked it out on a whim. It's clear to me that Professor Canter is more of an academic than a clinician. For example, he states his disbelief in personality disorders: "I have a problem with the idea that someone's personality can be 'disordered'." Frankly, I was floored when I read this statement.

Based on Canter's statement that he was approached by Scotland Yard in 1985, I'm guessing he's an old school psychologist who lacks the benefits of more up-to-date psychological research. I found some of his ideas offensive, especially his claim that "rapists use their victims to achieve sexual gratification" and that sexual assaults are only sometimes "coloured with anger and frustration". He also stresses (in more than one section) that many rapists "mistakenly believe that the victim will enjoy the violent encounter" and that "it's not unknown for potential rapists to run away from a victim who fights and screams, but many victims are so traumatised by the attack that they're unable to do that." To me, this implies that the rapist really means well, and it's the victim's fault she was raped for failing to speak up--an idea that was abandoned by today's psychological community several decades ago.

I also disagree with his theories regarding juveniles, his rather lame ideas regarding the prevention of crime (particularly when juveniles are involved) and found that his presentation of motives for arson lacked one essential component: the fact that the crimes of serial arsonists contain a sexual component. Altogether, I found this work to be based on outdated psychological data.

If you're interested in a career in forensic psychology, this isn't the book I'd recommend. I'm giving it one star for that reason.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen the dummie's series 26. Januar 2013
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i rated this a five out five star because i could not put this book down.i loved it to much to wait for the rest.i read it in one day morning till night.thank you for having this book on here for cheap.i would recommend this book to anyone who likes is very very good book.:)
5.0 von 5 Sternen Five Stars 14. Juli 2014
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Forensic psychology for Dummies 18. Februar 2014
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This book is very organized and presents the topic from a truly beginner's level. that is good. the basics need to be understood before trying to go deeper into the topic. this book not only discusses the psychology of forensics, but the role and preparation for a forensic psychologist. I loved the stories that exemplified major points.
4.0 von 5 Sternen good for writers and students 12. Februar 2014
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I read these books to gain knowledge for my writing. In the past my mysteries were always kind of light because I was not familiar with crime scenes and that. This book along with other forensic for dummies books and criminology has helped.
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