The Psychology of Dexter

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Bella DePaulo, Leah Wilson
BenBella Books, 2010 - Performing Arts - 256 pages
22 Reviews
Dexter Morgan: Police forensic analyst. Family man. Serial killer. And the star of Showtime’s most-watched series, Dexter.

Aimed at Dexter devotees and armchair psychologists, The Psychology of Dexter takes on the psychological complexities of the popular series with an eye towards insight and accessibility. It analyzes not just the title character, but his family, coworkers, and even his viewers. What makes Dexter tick? And what makes a show about a serial killer so appealing to those of us at home?

From the implications of faking normalcy (could it be behind Dexter’s still-in-progress emotional growth?) to where the show weighs in on the psychological debate between nature and nurture, The Psychology of Dexter gives fans a peek inside Dexter’s—and Dexter’s—psyche.
  

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Review: The Psychology of Dexter

User Review  - John Freeman - Goodreads

Even though Dexter isn't real the writing and acting is so sophisticated psychologically that mental health professionals are able to discuss both him and the people closest to him as if they were all ... Read full review

Review: The Psychology of Dexter

User Review  - Carolanne McCarthy - Goodreads

As a die hard fan of the show, I could not wait to get my hands on this book and it did not at all disappoint. It digs below the surface of Dexter and looks in between the lines of what is shown on ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Predator on the Prowl
5
Rethinking Dexter
17
Naughty by Nature Dexter by Design
33
The Psychology of Dexters Kills
49
Its What Dexter Does Best well Second Best
65
The Scientist and the Serial Killer
79
On Becoming A Real Boy
95
The Dark Defenders
147
Its All About Harry
163
The Killer Within
181
Ritas Rocky Relationships
193
Denial and Rita
207
Why Psychopaths Like Dexter Arent Really All That Bad
217
Faster Dexter Kill Kill
229
Being Dexter Morgan
243

The Angels on His Shoulder
113
The Dark Passenger in All of Us
129

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About the author (2010)

Bella DePaulo (PhD, Harvard) is the author of Behind the Door of Deceit: Understanding the Biggest Liars in Our Lives and Singled Out: How Singles Are Stereotyped, Stigmatized, and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After. She has published more than 100 scholarly articles. DePaulo's work on deception has been described in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Time magazine, the New Yorker, and many other publications. Dr. DePaulo has appeared as an expert on deception on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, PBS, the BBC, and other television outlets. She has also lectured nationally and internationally.

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