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The Murderer Next Door: Why the Mind Is Designed to Kill [Paperback]

David M Buss
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  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (25 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143037056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143037057
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 14.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 337,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Analyzes murderers' psyches to assess their underlying motives and circumstances, theorizes that the human psyche has evolved adaptations that enable murder to become a logical option, and identifies the point where people are most at risk of being killed or becoming killers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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MY INTEREST in studying murder was sparked when I witnessed a close friend fly into a murderous rage one night at a cocktail party. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime explained 13 April 2010
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Buss explains lucidly why we are (potential) murderers - there is good evolutionary sense in it! The instinct to murder resides in all of us. Ever thought you'd like to kill your wife? According to Buss you wouldn't be the first, perfectly normal middle class man to do it!

Stepfathers murder because they want to make room for their own off spring. Mothers murder their own children for freedom of finding another partner. Just don't mention the war....

Fortunately, there are also counter instincts in place that keep us in balance. What today is prison (and death penalty in some countries) was a risk in paleontological societies as well. Maybe not a prison, but humans definitely do make a cost-benefit analysis for planed murder.

Very good read and not too complicated for evolutionary psychology.
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`The Murderer Next Door' is an incredibly absorbing and easy-to-read book which explores why people kill. Far from being insane axe-wielding criminals, the majority of people who kill are known to the victim; jealous lovers; step-parents; and sometimes relatives. Buss's theory suggests that we have adapted a mind which not only recognises threats, but is also capable of killing. This theory is based on extensive (and convincing) research which is detailed in the book.

I was amazed how many people were willing to admit to having fantasies about killing people and were able to go into quite explicit details about how and what would have made them go through with the actual act.

Illuminating and fascinating. A must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 2 Feb 2013
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very quick shipment, safe packaging, product as described.
David M. Buss is a great author and this book is an absolute must for any anthropologist, psychologist, sociologist or criminologist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, interesting book. 4 Nov 2012
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Very interesting, great quality book. Ordered for my university assignment. Intriguing content and very well written. Worth a read if this subject interests you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Biopsychology coursework. 4 Feb 2013
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Took a while getting here (about 2 weeks), so when it finally arrived, I was only weeks away from the deadline. Had to review this book, and honestly it was a mediocre read. Felt more like an excuse to brag and condescend other theories.
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