Littmann, J.R. / Published 2010 / Article
Citation: Littmann, J.R. (2010). Guilty or Not? A Descriptive Psychology analysis. In K. E. Davis, F. Lubuguin, & W. Schwartz (Eds.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology: Vol.9. (pp. 87-111). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.
Abstract: Descriptive Psychology offers powerful conceptual resources to make the forensic evaluation of persons more responsive to questions of essential concern to the court and the human community. As an example of the effectiveness of Descriptive Psychology in forensic assessment, the basic facts of a problematic case are presented, followed by possible verdicts and questions that need to be addressed. A set of relevant concepts from Descriptive Psychology is introduced, and an analysis of the case is given using these concepts. The analysis shows the importance of focusing on what Deliberate Action the person engaged in, and demonstrates the power and effectiveness of a systematic, comprehensive approach to forensic evaluation using Descriptive Psychology resources.