Carl TrunkoIntro to Risk Mgt/InsuranceCan You Fake Mental Illness?How forensic psychologists can tell whether someone is malingeringWhen someone commits a horrible crime, the natural reaction is to wonder what is wrong with that person. That criminal has to be some sort of crazy. But if a killer were to act crazy after the arrest, we might also speculate that the criminal is merely preparing for the upcoming trial. In certain situations, it can be hard to tell if a criminal is actually insane or just building up a case for an insanity defense. This leads to the question: can a criminal get way with faking insanity?This is a question that experts have been debating since the creation of the insanity defense in the middle of the 19thcentury. To avoid the noose, criminals would act out their understanding of insane behaviors and psychologists would write studies on how to detect the “malingerers.” The main techniquesfor this process were to rely on the powers of observation. This entailed looking for inconsistencies in
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