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Is There a Psycho in your Life?: Britain's leading forensic psychologist explains how to spot them - and how to deal with them Paperback – 5 Jan 2012

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Coronet (5 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444714287
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444714289
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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They say "better the devil you know" but after reading this, I think I would prefer to stick with the angels. Thoroughly enjoyed The Devil You Know and it has made me look a little more carefully at the people around me. (Lynda Bellingham)

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This is a great read. It is amazing how many border-line psychos one comes across on a daily basis. It has made me steer clear of some people who exibit these traits.
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Brilliant informative read. Even though I've read the excellent Bob hare, and Martha Stout books, this text was able to provide new info, and be compellingly interesting, easy to follow, and I loved that it referenced British figures and instances, along with proper research.

Highly palatable to the layman's taste, yet full of substance for the more seasoned reader on the subject.
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Not all psychopaths are murders and not all of them are in prison. They make up about 2% of the population and to a greater or lesser degree, they are all dangerous. They can damage you emotionally and physically, destroy or damage your career, your health, wealth, and happiness, your confidence etc. That's the way they are - there is no changing them - it's their raison d'etre. 'The Devil You Know' is well researched, and should be required reading in schools. The book gives tips on how to spot them, avoid them and (hopefully) escape from them. "Snakes in suits" is the term some psychiatrists use to describe them. It is an entirely appropriate description.
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A well written, accessible book - not psychobabble but real-life stuff that everyone can probably relate to. Would make a good Christmas present for anyone really! A lot of it really resonated - will certainly be looking at some people in a different light from now on! Definitely learnt some valuable life lessons reading this.
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Although interesting, there is little new relevant information contained here. The great majority of coverage is already
familiar to those interested in the subject, and also much of the info is less clinically informative than obvious to the
observer. Definitely a book for the totally uninitiated, where it would probably prove informative.
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This is a compelling read and as Geraint says, it leaves you looking at all your friends (and even yourself) in a new light. A nice mix of facts made comprehensible by the anecdotes and the witty writing. A great book to have around and dip into for a follow-up look through after the first reading. That first reading took me hardly more than a day, couldn't put it down!!
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Read this book very quickly because the style is so compelling and the content so fascinating. Made me query lots of people I'd met at work and play and realise that a disturbing amount could fit the psycho profile (especially successful bankers!) Lovely use of anecdotes / case histories to really bring the subject matter to life. Great stuff ... though you may never look at your friends in the same way ever again!
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I have been studying emotional intelligence/counselling alongside with psychopathology (strange combination - I know) and this book is a good base (UK based -but the 'real' leading experts are from Canada or the US such as dr Robert Hare, Martha Stout ). The reason I gave this book 5 star is because it's easily accessible for those who have no background knowledge of psychology. The only issue I have is: regarding the title - PSYCHO - the abbreviation of the word psychopath, but she irons out any misconceptions at the very beginning as most people tend to associate with Hitchcock / Psycho / killer Norman -who exhibits symptoms of split personality and hears the voice of his dead mother but he is not a psychopath. People tend to associate psychopaths with madness (short temperedness -see that broken glass picture on the cover) stalker, murderer and you will find out how they differ from i.e: the mentally ill or from others who have other sorts of personality disorders (i.e: narcissism). It will help you how to identify them and how to avoid them (smooth operators who are masters of manipulation).
It will not be easy but as long as you keep on self-educating yourself - you may get hurt emotionally, financially, spiritually even if you have high self esteem or just self aware - you are still at risk of meeting a few in your life as 1 in 25 of the population inherits the gene and if you are a woman and too trusting I would highly recommend another mind-bending eye-opener book : Sandra L. Brown : Women Who Love Psyhopaths (this can be ordered from amazon.US only and will be shipped from Canada) or Robin Norwood: Women Who Love Too Much (available on amazon.UK).
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