The Dark Side of the Mind
'Enthralling and terrifying. The Dark Side of the Mind is a chilling glimpse into a world of miscreants, monsters and the misunderstood.' Professor Dame Sue Black, author of the Sunday Times bestseller All That Remains 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 on major police investigations. Kerry's job has taken her to the cells of maximum-security prisons, police interview rooms, the wards of secure hospitals and the witness box of the court room. Her work has helped solve a cold case, convict the guilty and prevent a vicious attack. Spending every moment of your life staring into the darker side of life comes with a price. Kerry's frank memoir gives an unforgettable insight into the personal and professional dangers in store for a female psychologist working with some of the most disturbing men and women. If you enjoyed Unnatural Causes, When the Dogs Don't Bark and My Life With Murderers, you'll love Kerry's gripping account of her experience as a forensic psychologist.

The Dark Side of the Mind Details

TitleThe Dark Side of the Mind
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 30th, 2019
PublisherCassell Illustrated
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Crime, True Crime, Mystery

The Dark Side of the Mind Review

  • Bokaptit
    January 1, 1970
    Okej, jag ska försöka att ge den här boken en bra beskrivning men egentligen vill jag bara plöja fram med adjektiv som spännande, intressant, fascinerande etc för det här är så jäkla bra. I The Dark side of the mind berättar Kerry Daynes om sitt yrkesliv som rättspsykolog så yes alla true crime-lovers det här är er kopp te.Daynes möter både gärningsmän och offer och tar med en in i högsäkerhetsfängelser, förhörsrum hos polisen och rättspsyk. Det är sammantaget sorgligt och hemskt men även bisarr Okej, jag ska försöka att ge den här boken en bra beskrivning men egentligen vill jag bara plöja fram med adjektiv som spännande, intressant, fascinerande etc för det här är så jäkla bra. I The Dark side of the mind berättar Kerry Daynes om sitt yrkesliv som rättspsykolog så yes alla true crime-lovers det här är er kopp te.Daynes möter både gärningsmän och offer och tar med en in i högsäkerhetsfängelser, förhörsrum hos polisen och rättspsyk. Det är sammantaget sorgligt och hemskt men även bisarrt. Hon skriver om sadisten som slänger sitt protesöga i hennes tomatsoppa för att skrämma henne. Hon skriver om mannen med röster i huvudet som kämpar mot skuldkänslor efter att ha mördat sin bror. Hon skriver om kvinnan som blir besatt av en läkare och hotar att döda hans fru och barn för att få honom. Hon skriver även om hur hon själv råkar ut för en stalker och hur mörkret kommer för nära. Allt skrivs med respekt och lyhördhet. Svenska förlag, ge ut den!
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  • Louise Mullins
    January 1, 1970
    An excellent memoir. Despite being qualified myself I still learned a few things. Highly recommended!
  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    It’s not often I can call a non-fiction book unputdownable, but I loved this so much it was really hard not to race through it in one sitting late into the night. Instead I rationed myself so that I could eke out the pleasure more. I’d normally only do this with a great fiction novel I was enjoying. 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 It’s not often I can call a non-fiction book unputdownable, but I loved this so much it was really hard not to race through it in one sitting late into the night. Instead I rationed myself so that I could eke out the pleasure more. I’d normally only do this with a great fiction novel I was enjoying. 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 human psyche and her work in the criminal justice system. There’s a liberal sprinkling of background statistics and both procedural and legal information, all of which add weight and interest. The story of her career is intermingled with struggles in her personal life where she has herself come face to face with the darker side of the human mind, plus her efforts to come to terms with the thoughts and behaviour of the clients she is exposed to and the inadequacies of the UK prison and medical system to properly deal with those clients. Throughout, her warm Northern wit, intelligence, professionalism and care is evident. A fabulous read. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone who is at all interested by the workings of our human mind.
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  • Tony
    January 1, 1970
    Kerry Daynes is a forensic psychologist who's been involved with some deeply troubled people, from dissociated identity disorder people and sex offenders to child killers (including Ian Brady and Mark Bridger). This is her take on the 'dark' psychologies, bolstered with solid psychology, and personal, professional and experimental experience.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 Kerry Daynes is a forensic psychologist who's been involved with some deeply troubled people, from dissociated identity disorder people and sex offenders to child killers (including Ian Brady and Mark Bridger). This is her take on the 'dark' psychologies, bolstered with solid psychology, and personal, professional and experimental experience.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 being - she was in a controlling relationship with a man who was later arrested for multiple sex crimes, and she was later harassed online, stalked, and physically threatened by a man who took an obsessive interest in her. It's the parts of this book that bring the clinical and experimental understanding of dark psychologies and the real, in-the-moment, out-of-hours experience of them into conflict that most illuminate the impact of dark and challenging psychologies on the people who have them and the people who encounter them.That said, there are some good examples of work in the field here too, from male prisons, female prisons, and various hospital complexes. Daynes' ultimate judgment that the UK's system of crime, punishment and mental health is broken at every point is a sobering one, and she draws the strings of her experience together well to support that conclusion.This is a book that, like its author, gets stronger and more assured as it goes on - at least in terms of its psychological assessments.Sara Poyzer reads the book with a no-nonsense northern delivery, and makes it a relatively fast, absorbing listen, letting the human being peep through the professional psychologist and give a rounded sense of the impact of the profession on the person.If you haven't read it or heard it, I'd say it's worth the seven hours or so to experience, though if anything it leaves you hungry for more, particularly more specifically headline-grabbing cases to unravel more specific 'dark sides' of the mind. Worth a go, then, this one, but whether you'll emerge feeling enormously clearer about the dark side of the mind is rather less certain.
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  • Caroline
    January 1, 1970
    This was a slightly different book for me to read. I've read books about people who commit some of the most heinous crimes ever, but, until now, I've never given a thought to those people in the system who have done things due some sort of mental health issues.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 i This was a slightly different book for me to read. I've read books about people who commit some of the most heinous crimes ever, but, until now, I've never given a thought to those people in the system who have done things due some sort of mental health issues.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 it keeps them from returning to the life they had, where fear is an ever present companion. Also, there will always be those people who don't want to be helped, as they seem to enjoy the fear and resentment that their offences have caused the wider population.I enjoyed reading this book, but I still feel that anyone who displays criminal behaviour should be sentenced to serve time in an appropriate place of detention until they are able to confront their crimes/misdemeanours. Only then will they possibly start on the road to reintegration into 'normal' society.Kerry Daynes writes in a down-to-earth way and doesn't use hard to understand terminology. I had my doubts about the book when I started it, but found I was hooked from the first page.
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  • Rosemary M
    January 1, 1970
    After seeing Kerry Daynes on multiple TV programmes I was keen to read her memoirs. Like a lot of people, I'm very interested in crime programmes and what motivates people to commit crimes. 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 insi After seeing Kerry Daynes on multiple TV programmes I was keen to read her memoirs. Like a lot of people, I'm very interested in crime programmes and what motivates people to commit crimes. 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 insight into the world of forensic psychology.Highly recommend this book.
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    Very InsightfulI 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 💖
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  • Cat Q
    January 1, 1970
    3.5*-RTC
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