The Psychology of Notorious Serial Killers
The Intersection of Personality Theory and the Darkest Minds of Our Time
Published by: High Conflict Institute Press
Imprint: Unhooked Books
What drives serial killers to commit their horrific crimes? Are sex crimes really motivated by sexual desire? Why do some killers stop killing, while others escalate?
The science of personality theory has advanced dramatically in recent years, shedding new light on the inner workings of these criminals. In this book, professional counselor Todd Grande applies personality theory to over a dozen of the most notorious serial killers in modern history, unraveling the mystery surrounding their crimes.
Serial killers are typically motivated by sexual domination, money, or political ideology, or experiencing psychosis. Dr. Grande delves into the thought processes, behaviors, and emotions of these criminals, analyzing common personality traits as well as environmental factors such as childhood stressors and even certain kinds of injury. Empirically supported principles create a framework that offers new insight into why people do what they do and how they might recover from destructive patterns.
All human behavior exists on a continuum, and through the study of extreme behaviors, any behavior becomes a little more understandable. Learning about serial killers can enlighten us about the human condition.
1: The Minds of Killers
2: Personality Theory
3: Serial Killers Who Kill for Money—James Bulger
4: Serial Killers Who Kill to Advance an Ideology—Ted Kaczynski
5: Psychotic Serial Killers—Ed Gein
6: The Mind of the Sexual Domination Serial Killer
7: Dennis Rader—The BTK Killer: High Openness to Experience/High Conscientiousness
8: Richard Ramirez—The Night Stalker: Low Conscientiousness/Low Agreeableness
9: Gary Ridgway—The Green River Killer: High Conscientiousness/Low Neuroticism
10: Joel Rifkin—High Openness to Experience/Low Extraversion
11: Danny Rolling—The Gainesville Ripper: Low Conscientiousness/High Neuroticism
12: Rodney Alcala—The Dating Game Killer: High Extraversion/Low Neuroticism
13: James DeAngelo—The Golden State Killer: High Conscientiousness/Low Agreeableness
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