Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of Psychopaths Among Us
Author: Dr. Robert Hare, PhD
Most people are both repelled and intrigued by the images of cold-blooded, conscienceless murderers that increasingly populate our movies, television programs, and newspaper headlines. With their flagrant criminal violation of society's rules, serial killers like Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy are among the most dramatic examples of the psychopath. Individuals with this personality disorder are fully aware of the consequences of their actions and know the difference between right and wrong, yet they are terrifyingly self-centered, remorseless, and unable to care about the feelings of others. Perhaps most frightening, they often seem completely normal to unsuspecting targets—and they do not always ply their trade by killing. Presenting a compelling portrait of these dangerous men and women based on 25 years of distinguished scientific research, Dr. Robert D. Hare vividly describes a world of con artists, hustlers, rapists, and other predators who charm, lie, and manipulate their way through life. Are psychopaths mad, or simply bad? How can they be recognized? And how can we protect ourselves? This book provides solid information and surprising insights for anyone seeking to understand this devastating condition.
Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go To Work
Authors: Paul Babiak, PhD, Robert D. Hare, PhD
Let's say you're about to hire somebody for a position in your company. Your corporation wants someone who's fearless, charismatic, and full of new ideas. Candidate X is charming, smart, and has all the right answers to your questions. Problem solved, right? Maybe not.
We'd like to think that if we met someone who was completely without conscience -- someone who was capable of doing anything at all if it served his or her purposes -- we would recognize it. In popular culture, the image of the psychopath is of someone like Hannibal Lecter or the BTK Killer. But in reality, many psychopaths just want money, or power, or fame, or simply a nice car. Where do these psychopaths go? Often, it's to the corporate world.
Researchers Paul Babiak and Robert Hare have long studied psychopaths. Hare, the author of Without Conscience, is a world-renowned expert on psychopathy, and Babiak is an industrial-organizational psychologist. Recently the two came together to study how psychopaths operate in corporations, and the results were surprising. They found that it's exactly the modern, open, more flexible corporate world, in which high risks can equal high profits, that attracts psychopaths. They may enter as rising stars and corporate saviors, but all too soon they're abusing the trust of colleagues, manipulating supervisors, and leaving the workplace in shambles.
Snakes in Suits is a compelling, frightening, and scientifically sound look at exactly how psychopaths work in the corporate environment: what kind of companies attract them, how they negotiate the hiring process, and how they function day by day. You'll learn how they apply their "instinctive" manipulation techniques -- assessing potential targets, controlling influential victims, and abandoning those no longer useful -- to business processes such as hiring, political command and control, and executive succession, all while hiding within the corporate culture. It's a must read for anyone in the business world, because whatever level you're at, you'll learn the subtle warning signs of psychopathic behavior and be able to protect yourself and your company -- before it's too late.
Dangerous Instincts: How Gut Feelings Betray Us
Author: Mary Ellen O'Toole, PhD
all like to think of ourselves as smarter and less naïve than the typical crime victim. We like to think that we somehow possess instincts—a Danger Instinct—that would alert us when a dangerous person is in our midst. For instance, we tend to trust our bodily sensations: hair pricking on the backs of our necks, shivers down our spines, racing heartbeats and sinking gut feelings. We’ve been taught to read such sensations as signs of trouble, and the absence of them as signs of safety.
In interviewing crime victims during my career as an FBI profiler, I can tell you something with conviction: We don’t have a reliable and consistent danger instinct. Fear does not keep you safe. Gut feelings don’t either. Neither does luck.
I would like to teach you a process that does. Based on what I learned as an FBI profiler, it’s my goal to teach you how to understand human behavior so you can use that information to make better decisions, size up people more accurately, assess for threatening situations, minimize threats in your everyday life, and conduct better “interviews” with people in everyday life situations—both at work and at home.
Dangerous Instincts teaches you how fear and gut feelings often fail to protect you from physical, financial, legal, and professional harm. Instead of relying on gut feelings, you’ll learn to use the SMART method, which I developed and used in the FBI, for making everyday decisions such as how to decide:
Which neighbor will best protect the spare key to your home
The best way to confront the parent of a bully
The safest method for responding to a threat from another person
How to hire a reliable and trustworthy housekeeper, babysitter or contractor
With straightforward advice that’s easy to implement, Dangerous Instincts teaches you the tools I used as a profiler to evaluate a stranger’s character, weigh the risks of a situation, and use a way of analysis to stay safe.
The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals that Protect Us from Violence
Author: Gavin de Becker
An instant #1 National Bestseller, The Gift of Fear reveals practical lessons from Gavin de Becker’s decades of studying violence. The book appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for seventeen weeks and has been published in 13 languages. In 2008, Oprah Winfrey did a special show commemorating the 10th Anniversary of its publication, and the book was featured several other times on her show, as well as two full hours on Larry King Live, three weeks in a row on Prime Time Live, two center pages in Time Magazine, among many others.
Today, a decade after its first publication, AMAZON’s list of the 25 Bestselling Self-defense books shows The Gift of Fear at #1 in the world, with editions of the book also appearing on the list as #4, #7, and #22.
In The Gift of Fear, de Becker draws on his extensive expertise to explode the myth that most violent acts are random and unpredictable and shows that they usually have discernible motives and are preceded by clear warning signs. Through dozens of compelling stories from his own career and life, he unravels the complexities of violent behavior and details the pre-incident indicators (PINs) that can determine if someone poses a danger to us. Readers learn how to:
Recognize the survival signals that warn us about risk from strangers
Rely on their intuition
Separate real from imagined danger
Predict Dangerous Behavior
Evaluate whether someone will use violence
Move beyond denial so that their intuition works for them
Offering in-depth solutions to people who are dealing with domestic abuse or workplace violence or who are the targets of unwanted pursuit, de Becker also provides unique insight into death threats, stalkers, assassins, children who kill, and mass killers. After reading The Gift of Fear, individuals will be able to confidently answer life’s highest-stakes questions:
Will the employee I must fire react violently?
How should I handle the person who refuses to let go?
What is the best way to respond to threats?
What are the dangers posed by strangers?
How can I help my loved ones be safer?
The Gift of Fear is an important book about human behavior, one which has left millions of readers stronger and safer.
On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society
Author: Dave Grossman
Upon its initial publication, On Killing was hailed as a landmark study of the techniques the military uses to overcome the powerful reluctance to kill, of how killing affects soldiers, and of the societal implications of escalating violence. Now, Grossman has updated this classic work to include information on 21st-century military conflicts, recent trends in crime, suicide bombings, school shootings, and more. The result is a work certain to be relevant and important for decades to come.
Processing Corrections Work
Authors: Caterina Spinaris, PhD, Gregory Morton
This unique workbook, entitled “Processing Corrections Work: A Workbook to Combat Corrections Fatigue and Increase Corrections Fulfillment,” by Caterina Spinaris and Gregory Morton, was first published by Desert Waters in 2011, and revised in 2012 and again in 2013. This 154-page, hard-copy product is specifically designed for corrections professionals, and is based on the course “From Corrections Fatigue to Fulfillment™” (CF2F). After reviewing strategic course content, the text guides staff through the processing of both the negative and positive aspects of corrections work on a daily basis. The workbook also helps them come up with positive, wellness-boosting strategies both professionally and personally. Multiple-choice and other types of questions are repeated for each workday/shift, for a total of 14 days. Staff can write in their responses over 14 consecutive days or less frequently as they choose. Aesthetically pleasing and clearly laid out, the workbook reinforces key principles of the CF2F material through the pinpointing of successes and concerns, and through the selection of solutions and wellness-promoting behaviors. As such it can easily serve as a follow-up tool for staff to use after completing CF2F coursework in order to reinforce wellness-promoting habits and solidify gains in positive behaviors in both their personal and professional lives. And since the workbook is a stand-alone product, it can also benefit corrections staff who have not yet taken the CF2F course. Additionally, sharing this workbook with family members and close friends can improve dialogue and two-way supportive behaviors in corrections staff’s significant relationships. The workbook is expected to be released as an e-book in 2017.