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on August 31, 2008
"Criminal Psychology and Personality Profiling" by Joan Esherick is a small, quick-read book (112 pgs) featuring small excerpts from actual case studies, fast facts, and elucidating definitions that demarcate the differences between careers that use psychology for purposes of solving crime, and helping in the justice process. This is an excellent resource for high school guidance counselors or young students interested in learning more about this career path.

In Chapter 1: The book addresses the questions, "What is Criminal Psychology" and "How Criminal Psychology works." It also helps the reader to understand the difference between criminal psychologists and profilers. The chapter also features an interesting section on real "Psychic" profilers whom have had success in helping police agencies fight crime.

Chapter II expounds on the many roles of the criminal psychologist e.g. crime scene analyst, detective, federal agent, probation officer, court advocate, educator, teacher, professor, trainer et al. The chapter discusses the various contexts where criminal psychology may be applied and renders general details as to the tasks performed by a professional in the field.

Chapter III discusses in more detail the duties and responsibilities of the criminal profiler. It gives the reader a taste of police training outlining what a good profiler should know such as "Key Murder Elements for profilers," "The Four Assumptions of the Profiler," "Traits of Organized, Disorganized, and Mixed Offenders."

Chapter IV relates the history of criminal profiling in fiction as well as non fiction contexts comparing today's conclusions on what constitutes a criminal profile with findings taken from the past. The chapter features an interesting story where the OSS--the Office of Strategic Services (America's first Spy agency)-- made an effort to profile Adolph Hitler at the zenith of his aggression during WWII. It also discusses the famous Boston Strangler Albert De Salvo a case where profiling failed to help.

Chapter V covers the generalities of crime specific profiling using for its purposes such examples as the Atlanta child murders. The chapter explains the definition of a serial killer and the kinds of crimes best suited for profiling.

Chapter VI is the final chapter of this intensive and informative read on the forensic science of criminal psychology and criminal profiling. This last chapter gives the reader a sober view of the many dangers faced by criminal psychologists and the limitations of the profession. It emphasizes the emotional cost that such a career can place on marriages and family and ends with a small list of famous cases that were never solved.
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on October 14, 2015
I enjoyed this book because I would like to study Psychology and become a behavioral analysis. The book's content is easy to understand and right to the point. At some points it becomes repetitive and a little boring but it gives enough information to comprehend for an age group of 16 years or older. The book provided me with a perspective to open my mind up to the world from the minds of different people and to be aware and cautious about the certain things I chose to do. Lastly, this informed me on how to read the personalities of individuals.
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on October 7, 2009
the only thing that this book has basics...
what is criminal psychology, what you can do with that, etc...

good for the high school students to understand what is criminal psychology, or the undergrad students can have an idea about post-grad degrees...

i finished it in one day...
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on October 19, 2010
This is clearly a book for young adults or older kids. As such I find it brilliant in introducing criminal profiling.
It never gets in to deep, and the reason for the three star rating is that it doesnt get beyond informing the reader.
The book lacks questions for the reader to reflect upon, and though the subject is exciting, it doesnt inspire or challenge the reader.
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on February 4, 2016
The book has great and useful information! The only thing that would need improvement is the writing style.
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on March 11, 2008
My daughter is 14 and very interested in criminal psychology. I found this book to be great for her. It is not over detailed but it gives enough information to spark more curiosity about the field and to answer questions that TV shows leave her asking. I am impressed with this book and hope there are more in the series.
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on September 3, 2008
I think this book was very helpful for me and college student nation wide.
It gave me more of an idea of what I have to study and accomplish for my furture.

Sheri Trocki
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on March 22, 2007
Very short and more for middle-school aged kids. Not worth the money, and I got it used.
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