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Mad Queen
08-25-2008, 04:09 AM
I've browsed Amazon for days but it's hard to know what's worth buying. Are there any psychologists around with suggestions of serious resources on:

Basic psychology (a little bit of everything)
Basic sociology
Psychology of lying
Psychology of crime / criminology
Manipulation, persuasionAny help would be much appreciated. I have access to many peer reviewed journals if necessary.

Also any resources on frauds, scams, cons would be great. Anything about not telling the truth, fooling other people.

08-25-2008, 04:14 AM
I am not a psychologist, but I have written mysteries, and one incredibly helpful book is Richard Rhodes's Why They Kill: The Discoveries of a Maverick Criminologist, which presents the work of Lonnie H. Athens in a very eloquent and accessible way.

Mad Queen
08-25-2008, 04:19 AM
Is it all about murder or does it have material on other types of crimes?

JJ Cooper
08-25-2008, 04:49 AM
Try Archetype - The Fiction Writer's Guide to Psychology site (http://www.archetypewriting.com/). A lot of great information and resources made available by an AW member.


Mad Queen
08-25-2008, 05:50 AM
It seems liks a great resouce. Thank you very much!

08-25-2008, 08:47 PM
I found the book Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of Psychopaths Among Us by Robert D. Hare useful, as well as his follow-up on workplace psychopaths Snakes in Suits.

Mad Queen
08-25-2008, 10:46 PM
Thanks! It seems interesting, especially Snakes in Suits.