Film Review: We Are Monster (2014)

This film directed by Antony Petrou is rich in forensic psychological detail. It really shows the dark side of the criminal justice system (CJS). Based on a true story, We are Monster tells the story of the murder of Zahid Mubarek by Robert Stewart. Psychoanalytic film theory: It is clear that many of the attitudesContinue reading “Film Review: We Are Monster (2014)”

Book Review: Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go To Work

This is a book I had been reading for a while, and which I have been sharing quotes about. Hare and Babiak’s (2006) Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go To Work attempts to draw the similarities between clinical psychopathy, corporate psychopathy, and the general dark side of business. It also delves on topics such asContinue reading “Book Review: Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go To Work”

Authoritarianism in Mental Health Settings

When I began this journey in Forensic Psychology, I did not expect to learn as much as I have. The main tenet of this career consists in understanding psychopathy, and psychopathology. It does make me question authoritarianism and the ways in which it can manifest. For instance, Milgram and Adorno et al. studied the psychologyContinue reading “Authoritarianism in Mental Health Settings”

Zimbardo (1973) Took Ecological Validity Far Too Seriously

Psychology as a science employs the experimental scientific method when trying to determine the cause and effect of everyday phenomena. It is believed that validity (when a study actually measures what it aims to measure) and reliability (when an experiment can be replicated, and the results corroborated therefore) are essential components of theoretical foundations. EcologicalContinue reading “Zimbardo (1973) Took Ecological Validity Far Too Seriously”

COVID-19: Situation Report, Administrative Challenges, and What Psychologists can do to Help the Crisis

UK-specific numbers As of 10 April 2020: CONFIRMED CASES: 73,758 PATIENTS DISCHARGED: 344 PATIENTS WHO DIED: 8,958 Worldometers (2020) Are the numbers to be trusted? There is a certain ‘mystery’ with the numbers. For instance, the GOV.UK’s (2020a) dashboard has not been updating the recovery section of its spreadsheet since the 22nd March. This hasContinue reading “COVID-19: Situation Report, Administrative Challenges, and What Psychologists can do to Help the Crisis”

Sicario Culture: An Analysis of Violent Crime and Aggression in Colombia During the 80s and 90s

According to Blackburn (2005, pp. 211-223), “aggression describes the intentional infliction of harm, including psychological discomfort as well as injury, although it is sometimes loosely equated with vigour in competitive situations […] a constant need to discharge aggressive energy governs human behaviour […] anger is a socially constructed emotion […] In personality disorders, ego weaknessContinue reading “Sicario Culture: An Analysis of Violent Crime and Aggression in Colombia During the 80s and 90s”

Book review: Witness for the Defense: the Accused, the Eyewitness, and the Expert who puts Memory on Trial

If you are a student of psychology, you might have already come across Professor Loftus’ work on eyewitness memory. She is the pop star and hollywood personality within the field of forensic psychology, and has served as an expert witness in high profile cases such as Ted Bundy and more recently Harvey Weinstein (Associated PressContinue reading “Book review: Witness for the Defense: the Accused, the Eyewitness, and the Expert who puts Memory on Trial”

Online Risks for People Within the Psychosis Spectrum: Envisioning a Digitally Safer World

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5, pp. 87-88), psychotic disorders are clusters of key symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations, among other things. Moreover, the DSM-5 defines delusions as “fixed beliefs that are not amenable to change in light of conflicting evidence”, and hallucinations as “perception-like experiences that occur withoutContinue reading “Online Risks for People Within the Psychosis Spectrum: Envisioning a Digitally Safer World”

Understanding Self-esteem and Why it is Important

According to the online Etymology dictionary (n.d.), the verb “esteem” originates from 14c Latin meaning “to value, determine the value of, appraise”. Based on this definition, to self-esteem is to self-appraise and to consequently establish one’s own self worth. Nevertheless, in psychological research, the concept of self-esteem is a much disputed one. It encompasses otherContinue reading “Understanding Self-esteem and Why it is Important”

Forensic profiling: What Are The Subtypes of Psychopathy?

Psychopathy is a much debated topic in psychology. A lot of people are wondering nowadays what the difference is between a psychopath, a narcissist, and a sociopath. Because these terms tend to overlap with each other in meaning, there are models created in forensic psychology to illustrate the varied manifestations of this condition, which isContinue reading “Forensic profiling: What Are The Subtypes of Psychopathy?”