Jack Schafer

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John R. “Jack” Schafer, PhD, is a psychologist, professor, intelligence consultant, and former FBI Special Agent. Dr. Schafer spent fifteen years conducting counter-intelligence and counterterrorism investigations, and seven years as a behavioral analyst for the FBI’s National Security Division’s Behavioral Analysis Program. He developed spy recruitment techniques, interviewed terrorists, and trained agents in the art of interrogation and persuasion. Dr. Schafer contributes online pieces for Psychology Today Magazine, has authored/coauthored six books, and has published numerous articles in professional and popular journals. He is a professor with the School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice at Western Illinois University.

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Books by this Author

The Like Switch


My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Life's Good and Getting Better

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Traveling with my wife.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Winston Churchill

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Ya think!

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Cinque Terre, Italy

Author Voices

January 20, 2015

I'm excited about the release of The Like Switch. I spent my FBI career as a behavioral analyst developing strategies to get people to like me so that they would tell me secrets that would put them in prison for a long time. The same powerful techniques I used to get spies and suspects to like me are revealed in The Like Switch. You can use the same techniques to influence, attract, and win people over in your own lives.

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