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Stalking, Threatening, and Attacking Public Figures: A Psychological and Behavioral Analysis [Hardcover]

J. Reid Meloy , Lorraine Sheridan , Jens Hoffmann

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1 May 2008 0195326385 978-0195326383 1
Public figures require attention, whether from a constituency who votes them in or out of office, shareholders who decide their economic benefit to the corporation, or fans who judge their performances. However, on the periphery of this normal attention resides a very real risk; that of a much smaller group of individuals who lack the ability to discriminate between their own private fantasies and the figure's public behavior. They may be personally insulted by perceived betrayal, fanatically in love due to a perceived affectionate or sexual invitation, or simply preoccupied with the daily life of the public figure. Such individuals may fixate and do nothing more. Others communicate or approach in a disturbing way. A few will threaten. And on rare occasions, one will breach the public figure's security perimeter and attack.

Stalking, Threatening, and Attacking Public Figures is a comprehensive survey of the current knowledge about stalking, violence risk, and threat management towards public figures. With contributions from forensic psychologists and psychiatrists, clinicians, researchers, attorneys, profilers, and current and former law enforcement enforcement professionals, this book is the first of its kind, international in scope, and rich in both depth and complexity.

The book is divided into three sections which, in turn, focus upon defining, explaining, and risk managing this increasingly complex global reality. Chapters include detailed case studies, analyses of quantitative data, reflections from attachment theory and psychoanalytic thought, descriptions of law enforcement and protective organization activities, mental health and psychiatric categorizations and understandings, consideration of risk assessment models and variables, victim perspectives, and others.


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...a wonderful acquisition for individuals working in forensic and/or correctional environments. The editors and contributors are the movers and shakers in the field, an international collection of social scientists, law enforcement, and legal experts. (Doody's Review)

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5.0 out of 5 stars J.Reid Meloy is the Expert in Threat Assessment! 21 Sep 2013
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I purchased this book while conducting my dissertation research. Dr. Meloy is considered my most to be the foremost expert in Threat Assessment. His experience and insight are without compare and a must have for anyone studying threat assessment.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A tough read 9 Dec 2013
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The book contains a plethora of information but it is poorly organized and is also a tough read due to its constant references.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Out of Touch... 23 Oct 2011
By Laura Knight-Jadczyk - Published on Amazon.com
I had hoped that this would be a useful volume to add to my library of psychopathology, but it turned out to be a great disappointment.

The authors place way too much credence in politically correct versions of history (and current events: history in the making), and spend way too little time really digging for the truth. In short, they contribute their mite to the ongoing corruption of science.

I would suggest that the authors read Political Ponerology (A Science on the Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes) and possibly re-think their own role as scholars vis a vis the coopting of science and education for the furtherance of power agendas...

'Nuff said.
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