Dangerous Instincts: Use an FBI Profiler's Tactics to Avoid Unsafe Situations

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Chancers are you'll never be kidnapped at gunpoint, your child won't be the victim of a predator, and your financial advisor won't be Bernie Madoff. But every day, you make choices that could turn dangerous in an instant, from trusting a date with a drink to letting your son ride home with his soccer coach.

Retired FBI profiler Mary Ellen O'Toole knows from experience that what we rely on to assess danger-fear and emotion-simply doesn't keep us safe. She knows better than anyone...

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Overview

Chancers are you'll never be kidnapped at gunpoint, your child won't be the victim of a predator, and your financial advisor won't be Bernie Madoff. But every day, you make choices that could turn dangerous in an instant, from trusting a date with a drink to letting your son ride home with his soccer coach.

Retired FBI profiler Mary Ellen O'Toole knows from experience that what we rely on to assess danger-fear and emotion-simply doesn't keep us safe. She knows better than anyone that instincts alone do not protect us-but that smart, proven analysis can.

Using anecdotes from her thirty-year career, O'Toole illustrates the SMART method she developed based on her training and experiences at the FBI. From recognizing the risk of a situation to observing people for clues on their intent, Dangerous Instincts shows how to make the safest decisions possible for yourself and your family.

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As a FBI profiler, Mary Ellen O'Toole dealt daily with dangers that most of our parents and grandparents never imagined. Protecting ourselves and our loved ones from crime has, however, become a matter of concern for all of us; and this veteran expert on wrongdoers has designed a book to protect us from harm at home, at work, and online. Dangerous Instincts reminds us that there is no dearth of threats out there; from child predators to net scammers to employees who are ticking time-bombs; but O'Toole doesn't just sound alarms; she offers preventive solutions. A valuable book whether you're protecting your child, yourself, your reputation, or your bank book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452298521
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 313,717
  • Product dimensions: 5.39 (w) x 8.01 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xiii

Chapter 1 Test Your Instincts 3

Chapter 2 The Dangers of Relying on Instincts and Intuition 27

Chapter 3 Personality: It's What Makes People Tick 41

Chapter 4 What Makes People Dangerous 53

Chapter 5 Why We Miss the Details That Matter 83

Chapter 6 How to Improve Your Judgment 101

Chapter 7 How to Assess and Mitigate Risk 121

Chapter 8 How to Uncover Information 137

Chapter 9 How to Size Someone Up 177

Chapter 10 How to Make a Decision 197

Chapter 11 The Dangerous Instincts Safety Guide 233

Appendix: The Dangerous Instincts Resource List 241

Notes 247

Index 249

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2012

    Everyone needs to read this book! It is a great reminder that w

    Everyone needs to read this book! It is a great reminder that we blind ourselves with our "gut" but are inadvertantly putting ourselves in precarious situations.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    Excellent book easy to read.

    This is an excellent book for parents, teachers, law enforcement any concerned about the community in which we all live. The book presents an insight into the workings of the criminal mind and gives a framework to evaluate any situation for personal risk.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    great content! Very bad, sloppy copy editing

    As the title of the review states this was a very informative book. The misspellings and typos in my nook copy were distracting at times. No copy editor worth their salt should let an author's work be seen with that many mistakes. This has happened in other nook purchases, such as a whole page missing in an H.P.Lovecraft anthology.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2012

    Dangerous Instincts

    Mary Ellen O'Toole has the experience and credentials as an FBI Profiler to write a book with regards to protecting yourself. This book will not "scare" you but will prepare you to protect yourself and ask the important questions. Who better than O'Toole to expound this knowledge because we have not seen what she has seen! Highly recommend this book and is a wonderful gift for family and friends.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Very interesting information from a FBI profiler on making us more alert to people we think we can trust. The author's experience warn us not to trust our gut feelings but to ask and observe behaviors and answers to our more probing questions. We can easily be deceived by our feelings.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 8, 2011

    Terrific Read

    Best Book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Good read

    It was very interesting and I'd definitly read it again and again.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    OMG! I was really surprised with the information I learned from this book. I'm extremely glad I decided to read it, I think everyone should. We (society) don't normally think about the information in this book that could one day save a life, our own or someone else's.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    I bought this book for my daughter who is a Psychology major and

    I bought this book for my daughter who is a Psychology major and is intrigued by what makes criminals and saddest do what they do. After my daughter read Dangerous Instincts she passed it on to my wife and told my wife that she had to read it because it was very eye opening. My daughter loves this book and was very happy that Dr. O'Toole wrote this educational and informative book. Dr. O'Toole has helped my daughter see that you can't take any one for face value anymore, learn how to use the SMART method which she found to be very helpful and my daughter looked back and realized that she had been dating some sketchy guys and how to be more cautious with certain things. My wife was so surprised after reading dangerous instincts she told me that she would have opened the door if the cable or power man came to our house without a second thought. After reading this book my wife and daughter are more detail orientated, vigilant, and more aware of there surroundings and if any one is paying to much attention to them. Everyone needs to read this wonderful book because it really opens your eyes to the monsters that are really out there waiting for their next victim. It will make you and your family more aware of the people around you, the people you disclose your personal and financial information to, how to spot a con artist, see the warning signs of an abusive boyfriend or girlfriend and how to talk to your son or daughter about the abusive girlfriend or boyfriend, it also helps to spot someone who could be violent and dangerous as well as psychopaths. Thank you Dr. O'Toole for all of this wonderful and insightful information.

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