Monthly Archives: September 2010

More on terror management theory — “mortality salience”

You may have won­dered why our polit­i­cal and cul­tural cli­mate has become so nasty; it seems that polit­i­cal and reli­gious intol­er­ance has never been more intense. In a pre­vi­ous post, I dis­cussed ter­ror man­age­ment the­ory, based on the work of Ernest Becker (remem­ber in “Annie Hall” when Woody Allen handed Diane Keaton a copy of Becker’s Denial of […]

Work in progress: Self-report Validity Indicators

Over the years, as my psy­cho­log­i­cal assess­ment work trans­formed from pri­mar­ily clin­i­cal to pri­mar­ily foren­sic, we began to notice the impact on self-report valid­ity scales (L, K, PIM, NIM, etc.); namely, they tended to ele­vate in eval­u­a­tion  con­texts where the out­come depended on a pos­i­tive pic­ture, in the under-reporting direc­tion (so called “fake good”). Impression man­age­ment has […]

Terror, no not terrorist, management

I just did a book review of the mas­sive 5th edi­tion of the Handbook of Social Psychology and came across some­thing quite new. The chap­ter is “Experimental Existential Psychology: Coping with the Facts of Life.”  I thought exis­ten­tial phi­los­o­phy and psy­chol­ogy were rel­e­gated to the ’60’s (you know when every­one read Sartre and Camus), or […]

Why Humans Have Sex

You may not be surpised that humans have sex for a vari­ety of rea­sons, but 237?  That’s what Meston and Buss (2007) found out in their study of University of Texas  stu­dents and vol­un­teers. They fac­tor ana­lyzed their list and came up with four fac­tors: Physical rea­sons (stress reduc­tion, plea­sure, phys­i­cal desir­abil­ity, expe­ri­ence seek­ing), Goal […]

Open access

Participation in the blog is not lim­ited to psy­chol­o­gists. We are inter­ested in cre­at­ing a forum for all MHPs, even attor­neys, who are inter­ested in foren­sic issues: both hard core and the softer issues, like sub­poe­nas, ethics issues, etc. 

Purpose of our forensic psychology blog

Since I am daily con­sult­ing on cases, prepar­ing to tes­tify in hear­ings, and deeply involved in the psychology/law lit­er­a­ture, I thought this blog might an inter­est­ing forum for infor­ma­tion exchange, ques­tions, and points of inter­est in the local pro­fes­sional psy­chol­ogy com­mu­nity. I plan to invite par­tic­i­pants, post daily mus­ings about points of psychology-law inter­est, as […]