Let’s take a look at a few articles posted recently at Psychology Today.
- Juvenile Court Clinic Evaluations: A palette of forensic psychology assessments
- Performing Court-Ordered Psychological Evaluations: Vital assessments are conducted by forensic psychology professionals in courts.
- What is Forensic Psychopathology? What you need to know about this specialized discipline.
The word “forensic” means, literally, “of or relating to a forum,” understood in common use today as the forum of a trial in criminal court. Grave issues have arisen from an endemic practice of going to court at criminal law over feelings rather than facts.
For one thing, the use of psychology on judges and jurors to arbitrarily characterize or smear the defendant as a horrible “monster” in court is an unethical practice of the discipline.
The conviction of a crime in court requires three elements, which we shall list in Latin as follows:
- mens rea
- actus reus
- noxa rea
The Latin adjective “reus” (m) or “rea” (f) is not directly “guilty” as commonly misconstrued at law, but real, reactive, or realized, as when Adam and Eve “realized” they were naked after eating the forbidden fruit.
A “real mind” or mind of awareness, consciousness, or realization on the part of the defendant of what one was doing is the first requirement. Second, a “real act” must be shown to have been committed. Third, it must be shown in court that “real harm” resulted from that self-same act.
None of this requires an advanced psychology degree in a court of law: the entire field of forensic psychology is a baseless absurdity whose only purpose is to impose arbitrary gun control measures by a Marxist dictatorship of the proletariat.