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Foundations of Psychological Profiling: Terrorism, Espionage, and Deception
By Richard Bloom
CRC Press | February 2013 | ISBN-10: 1466570296 | PDF | 226 pages | 17 mb
http://www.amazon.com/Foundations-Psychological-Profiling-Terrorism-Espionage/dp/1466570296

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 act on that intent. The book examines this phenomenon and concludes with the author’s speculation on how developments in scientific method and statistical procedures—as well as the integration of interdisciplinary sources, politics, and the cyberworld—may impact the future of profiling.

About the Author
Dr. Richard Bloom, Chief Academic Officer, Professor of Human Factors and Systems, Prescott Campus, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, Arizona, USA. Author of more than 40 research publications and more than 60 regional, national, and international conference presentations. Former U.S. intelligence operations manager, politico-military planner and military clinical psychologist.

Expertise:
- Aviation safety and security, terrorism, counterintelligence
- Global and national intelligence
- Airport and airline security
- Homeland security
- Profiling
- Social and abnormal psychology Research
- NextGen
- FAA and National Policy
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