Psychological Profiling eBook
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Psychological Profiling eBook
This engaging text explains how psychological profiling is used to assess others – from new staff and school children to criminals and killers.
by John Mason and the Staff of ACS
Psychological Profiling eBook course online. Psychological profiling is used to assess anyone from potential new staff and school children to serial killers. It helps you to determine someones personality, neuroses, mental health and career suitability. This book provides an excellent overview of psychological profiling techniques and pitfalls.
A profile of an individual at its most basic is an outline of what a person is really like in terms of their personality traits and characteristics. The most widely known form of profiling is that which is used to assess criminal behaviour. This is largely due to the popularity of TV shows and books which include criminal profiling.
When we hear the term "psychological profiling", we often assume it is in relation to criminal behaviour, however profiling can be used for a wide range of reasons, such as:
■Assessing a person’s suitability for a specific role or profession.
■Determining a specific characteristic in a person, such as intelligence or neuroses.
■Determining someone’s personality.
■Determining a person’s mental health state.
■Diagnosing clinical conditions.
We often also see tests online and in magazines that are termed "psychological tests", purporting to tell you the type of person you are by answering a few questions. Whilst these may be based upon some known pattern of traits, determining an individual’s profile is much more involved than this, and such tests only provide an indication at best.
In light of its media and television popularity, psychological profiling has become well-known and accepted over recent years.
Profiling is essentially building up a picture of an individual’s characteristics such as likely behaviours, attitudes, personal traits, unique skills or capabilities, and so forth in relation to norms of the general population. It is an assessment carried out by a skilled psychologist, using techniques and tools from psychology to learn general and specific facts about a person. In other words, a profile is a comparison of one person’s traits and behaviours to those of everyone else. It is a picture of how similar or different someone is, how well or poorly they perform, on a range of characteristics in relation to the average scores and performances of the general population.
CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION
- What is profiling?
- Types of profiling
- When and why do we carry out profiling?
- How profiling is done
CHAPTER 2 HOW TO PROFILE SOMEONE
- Profiling techniques
- Putting it all together
CHAPTER 3 INTERVIEWS AND QUESTIONNAIRES
- Psychological screening
- What is an interview?
- Planning an interview: structured or unstructured
- Components of a profiling interview
- What can go wrong?
- Dealing with interview data
CHAPTER 4 BEHAVIOURAL ASSESSMENT
- The abc model
- Traditional vs behavioural assessment
- Different applications of behavioural assessments
- Behavioural assessment techniques
- Problems with behavioural assessments
CHAPTER 5 CLASSICAL ASSESSMENT TESTS
- The nature of traditional assessment tests
- Reliability and validity of psychological tests
CHAPTER 6 WHAT COMES NEXT?
- Applications for profiles
- How & where to use a profile
- Ethics of profiling
- Problems with profiling
- The future of profiling
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