Seven Myths about Feigning

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFinding the Truth in the Courtroom
Subtitle of host publicationDealing with Deception, Lies, and Memories
EditorsHenry Otgaar, Mark Howe
PublisherOxford University
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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