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Dr Mark Freestone releases book on 'Making a Psychopath'

15 October 2020

Dr Mark Freestone
Dr Mark Freestone

Dr Mark Freestone, Reader in Mental Health and Turing Fellow at Queen Mary's Wolfson Institute, today releases his new book, Making a Psychopath.

Widely recognised as the psychologist who helped bring the BBC's Killing Eve assassin Villanelle to life, Mark now shares his insights into seven of the most dangerous minds he has encountered over the last 15 years.

Dr Freestone said: "At Queen Mary we have an entire institute – the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine – dedicated to the prevention of serious medical and social harms, ranging from cancer to violence. Although violence is something we all experience to some degree, the research literature around it is pretty impenetrable, and gives people outside academia very little understanding of what causes people to be violent.

"Making a Psychopath is hopefully a challenging but enjoyable read. While not an academic textbook, it does have a more serious message, exploring some of the evidence around why people develop a personality that makes them uniquely prone to committing violence – what we would call psychopaths – and how this term is both helpful and unhelpful in preventing violent crime. I hope people enjoy it, but I also hope it provokes thought about whether calling people 'psychopaths' will make a difference to violent crime in our societies."

Making a Psychopath is released today by Penguin Random House.

Updated by: Michal Filus