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
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.
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 ...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 ...more
Perhaps oddly then - or perhaps this is a mark of my own intrusive psychology - its most interesting elements come from her personal experience as a human ...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
"Sometime you help your patients see things more clearly, sometimes they help you."
With that as the opening line, I guessed that I was going to enjoy this book. Daynes has produced a very true, frank memoir of her time as a forensic psychologist, showing within its pages that she is not afraid to look at herself, to reveal parts of herself, so that we are able to get ...more
The book then began to discuss some individual case, following through from the courtroom, to conviction, ...more
Through reading this book, I've started to realise that not all criminals who are sent to secure units for their (and our) safety can be helped. Nor do all of them want to be helped. Some can feel safer in secure hospitals or similar, as ...more
Kerry Daynes fuelled by a need to understand these killers and her desire to help them, embarks on a career in forensic psychology and her book is a glimpse into some of her experiences.
Forensic psychology is something I have a heavy interest in and so this sounded right up my alley.
Unfortunately I found the authors arrogance totally offputting. We get it, you’re an intelligent and successful woman and that’s genuinely awesome. What really, really put me off is when she claimed that profilers aren’t legitimate.
Uh... have you worked for the FBI and helped solve cases due to profiling? I must admit I am a ...more
No psychopathic master criminals or fiendishly clever serial killers - just ordinary people who have committed crimes - some terrible, some mundane - and who need to be assessed or looked after by professionals.
The book comprises short chapters, each dealing with a particular case, interspersed with details of Daynes' professional development and personal travails (e.g. as a stalking victim). The style is no-nonsense, ...more
If you have a morbid fascination with serious crimes and the people who commit them, then I’d recommend this book. If you have ever been ...more
Thoroughly recommend to anyone interested in the forensic side of psychology or anyone who ...more
Her book is well written and engaging, without being full of technical jargon that's difficult to understand.
Her passion for her work is evident throughout as is her determination and drive to help others.
Each chapter focuses on a different case, some are quite heartbreaking, but all offer a fascinating ...more
I have always been interested in the psychology of people, the "what makes them tick". I've always wanted to know what's going on inside somebody's mind, and this book helped me to understand more.
It was interesting, very personal at times, traumatic for the author I'm sure.
It also showed how much still needs to be done in institutions, in law and in Government.
Kerry wrote a very interesting book, I finished it in a day ...more
It had sprung to mind that some of the personal stories were quite detailed and I wonder if points had to be changed to avoid breach of confidentiality?
All in all, a recommended read from the psychology side.