Defendants may feign of psychiatric disorders to reduce their criminal responsibility. In this chapter, seven myths about feigning are debunked. It shows that: (1) Clinical interviews cannot be used to detect feigning of psychopathology and cognitive impairments; (2) pretending to have a disorder is ubiquitous in forensic and general psychiatry: (3) people are able to feign for a prolonged period of time; (4) feigners are not ill; (5) mental health professionals should not be kind to feigners; (6) there is no exclusive feigning–psychopathy link; and (7) feigning and faking good may occur together. In addition, tests are described that can detect feigning in a valid way.
|Title of host publication||Finding the Truth in the Courtroom|
|Subtitle of host publication||Dealing with Deception, Lies, and Memories|
|Editors||Henry Otgaar, Mark Howe|
|Number of pages||21|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|