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The Forensic Psychology of Criminal Minds

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The bestselling author of "The Forensic Science of C.S.I." examines the real-life cases behind the hit television series "Criminal Minds"
Week after week, the hit TV show "Criminal Minds" gives viewers a look inside the psyches of the fictional serial killers tracked by the BAU (Behavioral Analysis Unit). This elite team of FBI agents travels the country assisting law enf
ebook, 320 pages
Published February 2nd 2010 by Berkley Books (first published February 1st 2010)
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I just don't see why people are disappointed about this book not being centered around Criminal Minds. It's the forensic psychology OF Criminal Minds, not the forensic psychology AND Criminal Minds. This isn't some book padded with extras from the show- you'll actually learn something if you read it.

You get explanations about serial killers, psychopaths, and a lot of details about specific real life cases. You do also get the tie-ins with Criminal Minds cases and episodes, but the book is based
Katherine Ramsland’s The Forensic Psychology of Criminal Minds was recommended to me by my psychology teacher, and as someone who enjoys procedural police shows and true crime stories I thought it would be an interesting book to read. I found it to be an excellent assessment of how real-life criminal profiling differs from what is seen on television and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about criminal profiling.
The book breaks down the different psychological eleme
A friend in a reading group came across this book and recommended it. Since I'm interested in the show (and similar investigative shows and books) I started reading right away ... and was immediately rewarded.

I found the book to be masterfully written with the right balance between case studies of actual crimes (with a nod to their corresponding episodes) and the science and effort behind them. I took notes and used flags while reading, not because the book was difficult or confusing, but becau
J.m. Herriott
A little tedious to read in places but still worth the effort. I bought and read the book for research purposes in my writing about criminals. For that purpose the book was satisfactory, but not quiet as fact filled as I expected. I would recommend this to anyone interested in short background on some serial killers but if you are looking for more detailed information look elsewhere. For my needs it was sufficient. Depending on your objectives for reading about psychotic criminals this book migh ...more
A pretty decent study of criminal profiling, covering its history as well as its current status, and its errors as well as its triumphs. However, the book has VERY little to do with the Criminal Minds TV show. The show isn't discussed in detail and sometimes many pages will go by without it being mentioned at all. People wanting to read about the TV show will be disappointed. Fortunately I've only seen a few episodes and I got the book to learn about criminal profiling, and so it suited my needs ...more
Briana rowe
I read this on a plane and could not put it down because each story was so insane and it was interesting to learn about criminals thought process.
Don McQuinn
For anyone interested in writing about crime in any form, this book is invaluable. It provides exhaustive insights into how the eternal chess game between criminal and law enforcement actually plays out. For those who enjoy reading about crime, the same insights will greatly increase one's ability to evaluate the book at hand and appreciate the experience of the characters, both protagonist and antagonist. Unreservedly recommended.
Very interesting book. I enjoy the fact that Ramsland gives the reader an introduction in forensic psychology, in particular the profiling part, and episodes of Criminal Minds as examples. I would recommend this book for those who are interested in forensic psychology and enjoys Criminal Minds. Just be aware that this book does not go into the show, it just uses the show as examples of what is being talked about.
This book was excellent. It was almost a 4.5 star rating book for me. However, for some reason,the author chose to base this book off the television series Criminal Minds rather than have the book stand on its' own. As a result, her reflection back to episodes of an unrealistic television show detracted from the book. Final Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
May B
An interesting look at the reality behind the 'story'. Though as far as life behind the writing goes its not that great. A bit dated and seems to rely a bit more on CSI than it does on Criminal Minds. But still a half way decent look at the inspiration behind the episode for the show.
Jordan Brown
Informative. A nice addition to those of us who are interested in Forensic Psychology and enjoy Criminal Minds. Decent amount of background and a decent explanation of some of the more technical terminology. A decent read, I recommend it
Rachel Bayles
Thankfully this book is primarily about forensic psychology, limiting its references to television. As someone who does not watch crime shows, I found it to be a good, basic intro to the topic.
The book was really interesting, especially if you are looking for a quick history of FBI profiling, but it just wasn't what I was expecting.
Very informative. You don't have to be a fan of the show to enjoy this book. Discusses many actual cases in detail.
Cheryel Hutton
Excellent book, lots of information. I'm glad I own a copy, because I see myself rereading it several times.
Nothin' special 'bout this one. Like a hyped-up essay paper, with some fancy names thrown around.
decent review of criminal minds. Provides insight into the mind of criminals.
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I've loved books since I was 3, and the library was a highlight of my childhood. I've been fortunate to be able to find great joy in what others have written and sometimes to give this to readers. I follow my own muse, because it leads me on interesting adventures. If others benefit, so much the better.
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