We seem to wake up to a new tragedy in the news every day - Newtown, Boston, Aurora, Columbine. So often the reporters say that "there were some signs, but nobody acted". The scary part about these tragedies is that less than one percent of criminals are incarcerated for their crimes, meaning that for every headline, there are millions of dangerous situations in which average people find themselves. On top of that, how can ordinary people identify threats from those who may not hurt them physically, but can 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 shows listeners how to identify the four most common "dangerous personalities", and analyze how much of a threat each one can be: the Narcissist, the Predator, the Paranoid, and the Unstable Personality. Along the way, listeners learn how to protect themselves both immediately and long-term - as well as how to recover from the trauma of being close to such a destructive force.
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I would recommend the book to anyone interested in being informed about the characteristics of dangerous people. A written copy of this book could be advantageous, however. Each chapter is summed up with a list of over 100 characteristics of each dangerous personality type, followed by an equally long test intended to help identify if a person is dangerous. If you want to tally results, that is difficult to do using an audiobook. If you simply want to hear the information, this audiobook is well done. After listening to this book, I have requested a library print copy in order to do the tests.
This is not a work of fiction, so I can't specify a memorable moment, but the summation of the book which lists ways to protect oneself from possible harm is a good wrap up. I agree with the quote from Louis Pasteur that Navarro offers: "Chance favors the prepared mind."
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Many of the safeguards against dangerous personalities are common sense things we learned as children, such as not getting into a stranger's car, but there are other cautions that had not occurred to me. What impressed me the most was Joe Navarro's consistent and repeated warning that dangerous people do not change but normally escalate their behaviors and that getting away from them and detaching are the best options. He gives ideas for how to do that. As an FBI profiler who interacts with these individuals, he has the knowledge to back up his advice.
This is not a psychological report but a lay person's tool for understanding how to assure protection for harmful people. As Navarro states: For our purposes, iIt is not necessary to understand WHY someone is dangerous or how he became dangerous, but only to recognize the danger and exercise self-protection.
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