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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
Dec 21, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 17, 2015 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I had a choice to live many lives, I'd choose different careers for each one. In this one, I've been a teacher. In the next one, I'd like to be a forensic pathologist (find out how those dead bodies died!!!!!!) And another one, maybe two, I'd like to be a forensic psychologist, specifically a profiler (My undergraduate minor was psychology).

Ok, ok, don't half the people in the world want to be profilers?????

Anyway, I read anything and nearly everything I can get my hands on regarding forensi
Jun 02, 2013 Emmy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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

The problem with this book is that the audience for it is surprisingly specific. If you're new to criminology and want an overview of profiling, this is a pretty solid choice: comprehensive, but still approachable. Otherwise, you're probably going to get little out of it. If you're interested in it because you're a Criminal Minds fan, you're likely to be disappointed: after the first chapter, most of the ties to the show are just the author presenting various cases and mentioning which episodes

J.m. Herriott
Jan 14, 2014 J.m. Herriott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 17, 2016 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book covers a broad overview of the actual science and practices used by profilers portrayed on the TV show Criminal Minds. I recommend this to readers who enjoy the show as well as those who enjoy reading murder mysteries and non-fiction on crime.
Ben Linzy
Sep 26, 2015 Ben Linzy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dr. Ramsland's book serves as a well written introduction to the topic of forensic psychology. When I bought the book I didn't realize that it was tied to the CBS show. I found this somewhat distracting,as I feel it forced the inclusion of topics that fit only tangentially (such as the section on hostage negotiation and the inclusion of drug tampering cases). With that said Dr. Ramsland obvious mastery of the subject mater made for a quick read that exposed me to new aspects of serial killer his ...more
Feb 04, 2015 Momma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
a little history, not academic at all, read like true crime novel. I read TCN but not what i was hoping for here.
Sep 03, 2010 Meaghan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 10, 2013 Cellerbe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 14, 2011 Naomi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Mar 08, 2011 May B rated it liked it
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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.
Apr 15, 2012 Nina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Sep 15, 2010 Cheryel Hutton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book, lots of information. I'm glad I own a copy, because I see myself rereading it several times.
Sep 02, 2013 Sue rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crimen
Nothin' special 'bout this one. Like a hyped-up essay paper, with some fancy names thrown around.
Angela Tonoyan
I thought this book was boring.
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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