The Dark Side of the Mind: True Stories from My Life as a Forensic Psychologist
Welcome to the world of the forensic psychologist, where the people you meet are wildly unpredictable and often frightening.
The job: to delve into the psyche of convicted men and women to try to understand what lies behind their often brutal actions.
Follow in the footsteps of Kerry Daynes, one of the most sought-after forensic psychologists in the business and consultant...more
I love forensic books. Always have and also always looking for new ones to add to my reading list. The Dark Side of the Mind is a memoir that follows Kerry Daynes and her working career as a forensic psychologist in secure hospitals and even in criminal cases, as well as some traumatising personal events that happen to her such as being harassed and stalked. The overall tone and mood were creepy and very dark. The parts about her psychologist work were the ...more
A very well written and fascinating account of extremely interesting and sometimes harrowing cases.
A must read for anyone with an interest in Psychology and True crime.
The author takes us from her beginnings as a trainee psychologist and through her career working with sex offenders to women in secure units who have escaped violence and abuse. The author eloquently discusses the ...more
I have always been fascinated by how the mind works (I have a career in psychology and did consider specialising in the forensic field at one point). So I already had a good feeling about this book before I even opened it. But Daynes’ writing was superb so I loved it even more than I thought I would. I often strug ...more
If you like the book / tv serie “Mindhunter”, it’s the neares ...more
Let me just say that the experience was similar, if not better to crime shows - albeit with a more human touch. Daynes is an intelligent and witty forensic psychologist who has learned, through experience, how to see the human in monsters and the misunderstood. Reading how sh ...more
I adore Kerr ...more
Kerry Daynes is definitely a professional but sh ...more
Kerry Daynes has approached her subject with exactly the right tone. The book is full of fascinating anecdotes from her career in forensic psychology, all of which reflect different aspects of the hu ...more
Kerry Daynes gives an honest account of her career as a forensic psychologist, her experiences with some of the most dangerous people, regrettably some of those worked for the prison service.
There are some individual case studies, some general observations and background information on what it ...more
All that said, whenever I read a book I search for the one thing that changes my perspect ...more
I study forensic psychology, but I didn't really know what a forensic psychologist actually does.
I learnt so much from this book. This book is full of really interesting often upsetting stories. I didn't really know the role of a forensic psychologist, but this book highlighted that the role is much more broad and diverse than I previously thought.
I really liked the writing style. It was real ...more
Arrogant, smarmy, downright annoying.
Kerry Daynes fancies herself the world's most insightful psychologist. Her tale of personal existential pathos is laced with strong currents of androgynist rhetoric. She sends barbs at any male figure, particularly any with prestige and power. Thus, President Trump, Former Prime Minister John Majors, a former Home Secretary are among her targets of snide di ...more
Kerry Daynes is a successful forensic psychologist who started out in the early 90's. Some men have treated her quite disgustingly just because she's a woman, but thankfully she's been able to rise above this to become one of the top ...more
Not going to buy anything of course.
No idea what I was looking for either. just something. Had to be non-fiction, though, obviously, because of The List. I had recently got hold of a new fiction book, so non-fiction was needed for balance, state-of-mind, world peace...
No actual plan to purchase anything, you understand. Just looking.
First section to hove into view? True crime. As good a ...more
I listened to this book via Audible and I think one of the main reasons for my 3 star rating is the narrator. Her voice was really flat and offered close to no emotion, which made it a little less enjoyable.
The story touches upon Daynes' experience as a forensic psychologist in the UK. Tales of her encounters with prisoners ate interwoven with her own experiences of a woman in a male-dominated profession and industry. At times it was sickening listening to how she was treated by male col ...more
The Dark Side Of The Mind - Kerry Daynes
My true forensic nerd side was completely captured by this book. It’s very well written and a fascinating look into the world of a forensic psychologist. The mix of cases were all completely different varying from the heart wrenching to the outright horrifying and I loved that Daynes related each one to what she had learnt about the world as a whole or her own outlook on life.
This book gives us a real insight into the ...more
Kerry writes about mental health and the individuals in the book with a lot of respect. The reader can enjoy reading about the interesting lives these individuals have led.
The book includes personal elements which allowed myself to understand the author more and relate to her.
Overall a very good book! With the right ratio of humour and sadness.