Dexter Director Wins an Emmy, and You Can Win a Book

[UPDATE:  Thanks to Random.org, the 3 winners of the Dexter book have now been selected. Look at the 3 comments posted by me on 9/07/2010  to see if you are named as a winner. Thanks, everyone, for your interest. Also, check out this new post about Dexter and the loner stereotype.]

It’s true. A TV show about a serial killer is one of my favorite shows of all time. Dexter is the killer, but lest you think I’m a monster for adoring him (maybe you’re not familiar with the show?), let me hasten to add that Dexter only kills those who deserve it. They are the truly evil criminals who outsmarted everyone else or got off on technicalities.

A new book, The Psychology of Dexter, was just published. It includes 18 chapters by clinical psychologists, neuroscientists, forensic psychologists, organizational psychologists, social psychologists, biopsychologists, criminologists, cognitive psychologists, and creative writers. I can’t vouch for my own chapters (the introduction and the one on deception), but all the others are great reads.

I wrote about the book in Dexter the Amiable Serial Killer: PT Bloggers and Other Experts Show their Love. That post includes some sneak previews from a number of the contributors.

Want a chance to win a copy of the book? If so, post a comment here that says something like “I want Dexter.” On the afternoon of Tuesday September 7 (which was supposed to be the official pub date for the book, but it is already available on Amazon and probably elsewhere), I’ll get out my random numbers generator to pick the 3 winners. The book will be sent to you from the publisher (Smart Pop Books, an imprint of BenBella Books).

Enjoy!

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    • Congratulations, Lauren! You are one of the three winners of the Dexter book. Please send your name and mailing address to me at BellaDePaulo [at] gmail.com, along with the name you used here in the comments section. Or, if you prefer, I can send you the email address of the person at the publisher who is mailing the books and you can contact that person directly.

  1. I am in love with this show and have been obsessed with Michael C. Hall since “Six Feet Under.” I am sooooo so happy that he is winning the battle with Hodgkins and we will continue to see him onscreen!!! The premise of the show is fascinating and I can’t wait to read more of what you have to say in the book!

  2. I want Dexter!

    I was hooked on the show after one episode and it has quickly become my favorite show. I expect this book will be equally awesome.

    • Congratulations, Moses! You are one of the three winners of the Dexter book. Please send your name and mailing address to me at BellaDePaulo [at] gmail.com, along with the name you used here in the comments section. Or, if you prefer, I can send you the email address of the person at the publisher who is mailing the books and you can contact that person directly.

  3. I REALLY want this book on Dexter!!!!!!!
    I have all of the other books and love your blog on PT and am studying psychology and am very intrigued by this!!!

  4. I LOVE Dexter! Count me in! And congrats on spearheading such a great project. Can’t think of anyone better. Thanks for your work.

  5. I want Dexter!
    I have watched the show a little backwards, starting with season 4, I have now gone back and obsessively watching the first 3 seasons. I am in the middle of 2 so I should finish up just in time for season 5! Excellent for the Dexter fan in me, bad for the new grad school student. :)

  6. I want Dexter.

    What a great analysis the article gives for our love of Dexter and our fascination with his character. I look forward to the book!

  7. I want Dexter!

    It is indeed a strange sensation to realize that my wife and I root for a serial killer, and wait with great anticipation for his return. GO DEXTER!

    • Congratulations, Tim! You are one of the three winners of the Dexter book. Please send your name and mailing address to me at BellaDePaulo [at] gmail.com, along with the name you used here in the comments section. Or, if you prefer, I can send you the email address of the person at the publisher who is mailing the books and you can contact that person directly.

  8. I want Dexter!

    The show is awesome and The Psychology of Dexter sounds like a very interesting read. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of the book!

  9. I WANT DEXTER! I am that criminologist who is completely enthralled by Dexter Morgan. This is my favorite TV series of all time. I study violent crime and am particularly fascinated by the ironies that surround Dexter’s twisted existence. He suffered a catastrophic loss as a child that damaged his psyche to the point that he is no longer like the rest of us. He is broken inside. Yet a prosocial cop who had great guilt, for it was largely due to his affair with Dexter’s mother that she was tortured and killed in front of her children, took Dex in and tried to save him. This deed was altruistic but ultimately too late for Dexter’s soul. There is duplicity at every turn in this series. Rita was vulnerable but needy. Lundy was incredibly intelligent but ultimately killed by a keen predator who had the upper hand. Deb is betrayed by every man in her life one way or the other. No one is truly who they appear to be– even Harry– the cop who taught Dexter how to kill and not get caught. WHAT A GREAT SHOW TO KEEP YOU GUESSING ABOUT THE DARK SIDE OF HUMANITY! I talk about this show frequently to my students. Hope to get a copy of the book– I have joked about writing one myself.

    • What great observations! I focused on Dexter’s deceptions in my chapter, but you are right — there is duplicity through and through the show.

  10. I want Dexter!

    I love this show, but I have felt conflicted about appreciating a character like Dexter in the past. How can you truly cheer on a serial killer, even if he is killing destructive members of society? And who can really be trusted when almost every person in Dexter’s world is hiding their true intentions? And there’s something so appealing about Dexter that makes it difficult to despise him. I want to understand and like Dexter, and that’s the key. That a show could provoke so much internal conflict only proves to me its genius.

    I realized recently that there is an obvious comparison to be made between Dexter and some of our most familiar superheroes, specifically Batman. Are either of them justified in their responses to the world? Is the self-righteous avenger who exists beyond the law a force of good or else the psychopathic killer seeking understanding, constantly exploring his own motivation in ways that Bruce Wayne ultimately dismisses? Can either character truly be admired? The realization made Batman seem a lot creepier than he did when I was a kid! But it also made me realize that Batman as a fictional character is more dangerous in some ways than Dexter because we aren’t constantly invited to question his motivation. And that is a character that is marketed towards children!

    Looking forward to picking up a copy of the book even if I don’t win, and thanks for Living Single. I really enjoy reading your blog and knowing that I’m not the only single out there dealing with some biased perspectives.

    • Thanks for your interesting observations. I like your retrospective evaluation of Batman. And thanks for the kind words about Living Single.

    • Is there anything more you can tell me about Opera? I’m not familiar with it. For issues like this, I’ll have to find someone with more technical skills than I have. If there are any details you can relay that would be useful for such a person to know, please do tell me about them.

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