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Foundations of Psychological Profiling

Terrorism, Espionage, and Deception, 1st Edition

By Richard Bloom


226 pages

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Profiling is a hot topic today. The post-9/11 "War on Terrorism" has engendered political, ethical, and scientific controversy over its use. The proliferation of recent films, television programs, and books is a sociocultural indicator of widespread interest. Designed for a diverse audience—including law enforcement officers, intelligence and security officers, attorneys, and researchers—Foundations of Psychological Profiling: Terrorism, Espionage, and Deception presents scientific theory and data on the notion of profiles, integrating essential interdisciplinary knowledge related to the practice and applications of profiling that is rarely found in books on the subject.

Exploring the related fields of historiography, hermeneutics, epistemology, and narratology, the book:

  • Examines the definitions, history, and politics of profiling

  • Explains how valid profiling can confront challenges such as the suitability of common scientific methods for the behavioral sciences

  • Discusses how schematics allow profilers to best ask and answer the right questions when attempting to predict what might happen, identify what is or has already happened, and understand and influence any related events

  • Describes various psychological events within, or exhibited by, profilers impacting the five desired endpoints of profiling

  • Presents the theories, constructs, and illustrations related to two crucial tasks: (1) creating a representation of how events relate to each other and to events of interest, and (2) creating a narrative based on that matrix

  • Demonstrates applications in profiling related to terrorism, espionage, and deception

When conducted successfully, profiling can immensely benefit intelligence, security, and law enforcement professionals to help unearth behaviors, clues, and "triggers" to when, why, and how someone with bad intent may a

Table of Contents

What Is Profiling? Challenges of Profiling: Validity and Its Estimation. Challenges of Profiling: What Is Being Profiled?Challenges of Profiling: Who Is Doing the Profiling? The Profiling Matrix. The Profiling Narrative. Profiling Applications: Terrorism. Profiling Applications: Espionage. Profiling Applications: Deception. The Future of Profiling. References. Appendix: Matching of Learning Outcomes with Film Fragments. Index.

About the Author

Richard Bloom

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Forensic Science
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology