What makes a narcissist go from self-involved to terrifying? In this national bestseller, Joe Navarro, a leading FBI profiler, unlocks the secrets to the personality disorders that put us all at risk.
“I should have known.” “How could we have missed the warning signs?” ”I always thought there was something off about him.”
When we wake up to new tragedies in the news every day—shootings, rampages, acts of domestic terrorism—we often blame ourselves for missing the mania lurking inside unsuspecting individuals. But how could we have known that the charismatic leader had the characteristics of a tyrant? And how can ordinary people identify threats from those who are poised to devastate their lives on a daily basis—the crazy coworkers, out-of-control family members, or relentless neighbors?
In Dangerous Personalities, former FBI profiler Joe Navarro has the answers. He shows us how to identify the four most common "dangerous personalities"—the Narcissist, the Predator, the Paranoid, and the Unstable Personality— and how to analyze the potential threat level. Along the way, he provides essential tips and tricks to protect ourselves both immediately and in the long-term, as well as how to heal the trauma of being exposed to the destructive egos in our world.
About the Author
Joe Navarro is the author of the bestselling What Every BODY Is Saying. Since retiring from the FBI, he consults and lectures on counterintelligence, profiling, and interrogation and is often called upon as an expert on television.
Toni Sciarra Poynter has more than 25 years experience in publishing as a consultant, an author, a collaborator, and an acquisition editor.
“An amazing book.” —Michael M. Baden, MD, former chief medical examiner, City of New York
“This book nails it! I wholeheartedly recommend it because, in many instances, we are all either victims or potential victims of dangerous personalities.” —Susan Sexton, legal scholar and former judge in the 13th Judicial District, Florida
“As riveting as a true crime thriller and as lifesaving as a self-help detox book. Every woman should read this.” —Dr. Wendy Walsh, host of Investigation Discovery Network's Happily Never After
“Having spent the last 34 years responding to crisis incidents involving dangerous personalities, I can attest to the amazing insight provided by Joe Navarro in this landmark book. Well-known characters from Hollywood fiction and real-life historical figures provide clear examples and show us the warning signs. A must-read for anyone interested in understanding and dealing with dangerous personalities.” —Gary Noesner, chief, FBI Crisis Negotiation Unit (ret.), and author of Stalling for Time
“Joe Navarro opens your eyes to these toxic individuals who wreck so many lives physically, emotionally, spiritually, even financially. What society is often unwilling to acknowledge or recognize, Joe exposes for all to see with one intention--to save lives.” —Laura Quiñones Urquiza, diplomat in Criminology, University Institute of Argentine Federal Police
“There are a variety of tools and books to assess the risk of violence, but few books are as accessible and useful in the everyday life.” —Michel St-Yves, forensic psychologist, Quebec
“A must-read. Readers will learn how to avoid the pitfalls of trust, fraud, and deceit and the emotional tolls dangerous personalities levy on their victims.” —Werner U. Spitz, MD, forensic pathologist, Michigan