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An FBI profiler teaches us how to understand the criminal mind and assess danger

How can we tell if someone is capable of violence? What are the warning signs, and can we trust our instincts? An FBI special agent takes us inside the criminal mind.


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How do you decide if you should trust someone you just met?

Should you accept a date, a ride home or even open your front door to a stranger?

A lot of people go with their instincts to make these decisions, but your gut isn't always reliable.

Today, a former FBI profiler teaches us what we should actually do to assess dangerous situations.

We discuss how to understand human behavior so you can use that information to make better decisions, size up people more accurately and minimize threats in everyday life.

Plus, have you voted? We have the latest on voting in Harris County on this Election Day as you head out to the polls.


Nadia A. Hakim

Mary Ellen O'Toole

  • Former FBI Special Agent in the Behavioral Analysis Unit
  • Director of the Forensic Sciences Program at George Mason University
  • Author of "Dangerous Instincts: How Gut Feelings Betray Us"

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