- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Hudson Street Press; 1 edition (October 13, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594630836
- ISBN-13: 978-1594630835
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 128 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #811,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dangerous Instincts: How Gut Feelings Betray Us Hardcover – October 13, 2011
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“Mary Ellen O’Toole is my hero! In Dangerous Instincts she offers sound advice and fascinating examples gleaned from her long career in the Behavioral Analysis Unit of the FBI. This book will save many lives—including, quite possibly, your own. Whether the knowledge you find herein saves you from a con man, a rapist, a thief, a killer, or just a miserable marriage, this is a classic, valuable book. I recommend it highly to all my family, friends, and readers.” — Ann Rule, author of THE STRANGER BESIDE ME
“A masterful and compelling primer on survival in a world in which people are not always what we think them to be. Dr. O’Toole’s deep understanding of the nature and implications of psychopathy. . . is particularly impressive, and shared by only a few other criminal investigators. This is an important and well-written book on topics of concern to everyone. A great read, highly recommended.”— Robert Hare, Ph.D., author of WITHOUT CONSCIENCE
“In this absorbing read, [O’Toole] discusses why people trusted Bernie Madoff and Ted Bundy and dissects online dating responses and typical blind spots. The author helps readers analyze their decision-making patterns and provides a guide for helping them to assess and mitigate risk. O’Toole’s book will provide insight to everyone, but it’s particularly helpful for women living alone, parents concerned about their children’s safety, or employers worried about perplexing employee behavior.”
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.
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While this book is *not* a manual of behavioral cues, it is a very useful and thorough examination of risk assessment and avoidance. Dr. O'Toole examines a number of situations I had not thought to risk assess: car pooling, selecting a financial advisor, and monitoring my own behavior, among them. She also addresses the situations one would expect to risk assess: entering relationships, choosing a childcare provider, selecting individuals to work in one's home, etc. She provides case studies of real-life situations and then explains how she would approach them, red flags she would have identified, and how to move forward in a less-than-perfect world. Each chapter begins with an explanation of objectives and ends with a summary sheet to review important details, so it's easy to remember the lessons within.
The reason I chose 4 stars instead of 5 is because I purchased the Kindle edition. This is not a book whose text was optimized for Kindle use. Dr. O'Toole references page numbers which aren't really applicable, and sidebars sometimes are dropped into the body of text in a disjointed way. This is not a reflection of the work itself, but rather on its presentation in Kindle format.
Mary Ellen O'Toole designed her book to help us to make better decisions in our daily lives-she keeps the language simple enough for any reader to understand. Never before had I thought of how necessary it is for one to know what the right questions were to ask of people who enter our lives whether it be the man that we may think of marrying to, the contractor working on our house. I have usually relied on my "gut" and felt that I was a pretty good judge of people only to find out later that this was an incorrect assessment. She shows us how to become more aware of our vulnerabilities in order to make ourselves less vulnerable. How to deal with social networking, how to decide the risk factors in our relationships with others, how to make the decisions to keep our children safe.
I would and have recommended this book to every woman, every parent, and yes men-it could be beneficial to you also. I keep it on my night table. Thank you Mary Ellen O'Toole for opening my eyes to my own dangerous instincts.