Dangerous Personalities

Dangerous Personalities

An FBI Profiler Shows How to Identify and Protect Yourself From Harmful People

Book - 2014
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What makes a narcissist go from self-involved to terrifying? In this national bestseller, Joe Navarro, a leading FBI profiler, unlocks the secrets to the personality disorders that put us all at risk. "I should have known." "How could we have missed the warning signs?" "I always thought there was something off about him." When we wake up to new tragedies in the news every day-shootings, rampages, acts of domestic terrorism-we often blame ourselves for missing the mania lurking inside unsuspecting individuals. But how could we have known that the charismatic leader had the characteristics of a tyrant? And how can ordinary people identify threats from those who are poised to devastate their lives on a daily basis-the crazy coworkers, out-of-control family members, or relentless neighbors? In Dangerous Personalities, former FBI profiler Joe Navarro has the answers. He shows us how to identify the four most common "dangerous personalities" and how to analyze the potential threat level- the Narcissist, the Predator, the Paranoid, and the Unstable Personality. Along the way, he provides essential tips and tricks to protect ourselves both immediately and in the long-term, as well as how to heal the trauma of being exposed to the destructive egos in our world.
Publisher: New York, NY : Rodale, [2014]
ISBN: 9781623361921
Branch Call Number: 613.66 NAVARRO
Characteristics: xiv, 242 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Poynter, Toni Sciarra


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Nov 20, 2018

This book examines four dangerous personalities in a non-clinical fashion. The four personalities covered are: 1) Narcissism, 2)Emotional Instability 3)Paranoia 4) The Predator. The book gives the reader an opportunity to examine a persons bad behaviours with a checklist of statements that give language to negative experiences that one may have with another person.

Navarro makes some failures. First is that Navarro fails to establish a control personality Ie. What is the healthy amount of self-esteem -or- where is the line between vigilance and paranoia? This remains largely examined. Secondly, Navarro fails to establish his anti-thesis which could be equally dangerous. For example: imagine the fate of a child of a parent who has absolutely no self worth, the antithesis of the extreme narcissist, I would assert that the child in the presence of such a person would be subject to undue harm. Most disappointingly this book fails in the examples it provides in each personality section as many are superficial. In many sections, Navarro's interpretation of events are overly simplistic and detract from his main points and weaken the main structure of the book.

I will attempt to explain: Navarro uses recent events of the most covered kidnappings and murders to attempt to support his assertions as to what makes a dangerous personality. In one section, Navarro gives the Columbine killers as an example of the Dangerous Paranoid simply described as " two paranoid teenagers...who narcissistically saw themselves as special and entitled to take the lives of others (pg 103)" The letters of these two boys are online to read, their intentions and thought process are not just paranoid, narcissistic, and entitled; there were other variables involved: malevolence, vengeance and bitterness which are left unexamined. Navarro's near flippant 2-4 sentence insertions of complex, emotionally and morally intense, heinous events comes off as under-examined and ultimately weaken his arguments.

This book is not useless. It is potentially helpful in aiding persons identify potentially dangerous behaviours and gives suggestions on how to observe and act when faced with dangerous persons. However, I find this book frustratingly incomplete. Navarro has a full life of wisdom and full career of experience that I feel is somewhat glanced over.

Sep 27, 2018

An excellent guide. Well written and easy to understand. Does not contain a lot of jargon or psychobabble. The checklists provided in the book are excellent.

Sep 01, 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's written in a manner that doesn't require extensive knowledge of psychology. By avoiding common diagnostic words, the author is able to provide characteristics that we might notice in those around us. If you're only going to skim through, read each section titled "Words commonly used to describe ..." and read Chapter 6 about how to handle dangerous individuals.

rowanquincy Jan 24, 2015

Loved this book and will probably buy my own copy. Well written, no fluff. Gives very clear descriptions on several types of dangerous people and how to identify them and avoid being a victim.


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