Mind over Matter

Topics: Mental disorder, Insanity defense, Insanity Pages: 2 (528 words) Published: August 28, 2013
CheckPoint: Mind over Matter
PSY/270
June 5, 2013
Dean Marzofka

Mind over Matter
Questions:
1. What is the difference between mental illness and insanity? (Hint: What is the important second prong of the McNaughten rule?) •With mental illness an individual knows right from wrong •With insanity an individual does not know right from wrong •The important second prong of the M’Naghten rule says that the person must know right from wrong. Clark would have had to have known at the time of the incident that what he was doing was wrong in order for him to be guilty of intent to murder. (Gibeaut, 2006, Vol. 92)

2. The McNaughten rule cannot be used to defend the actions of a person who drinks alcohol and then murders someone. Why not? •An individual who drinks alcohol prior to committing a crime cannot use the M’Naghten rule because by drinking they have already placed others at risk with their actions. •It is viewed to be quite a lot like premeditation. (Gibeaut, 2006, Vol. 92)

3. Identify each of the following:
Rational and guilty means that the individual was fully aware of what they did and knew it was wrong, and illegal, but did it anyway. •Guilty but insane means that the individual knew at the time that their actions were wrong but because of their mental disorder or disease they had no control over their actions. •Not guilty by reason of insanity means that the individual experienced a temporary moment of insanity that they could not control during which time they did something that would not normally have done. (Gibeaut, 2006, Vol. 92)

4. If you were deciding the case, how would you rule? Briefly explain your decision. I would have to look at the facts; witnesses stated that Clark said he was going to kill a police officer. This is premeditation. He kept driving around the neighborhood blaring music; I wonder what his intent was behind that? Was it to draw in a policeman? Once the policeman...

References: Gibeaut, J. (2006). A matter over MIND. ABA Journal, 92, 32-36, 38-39. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/194380595?accountid=35812
Comer, R. J. (2011), Fundamentals of abnormal psychology (6th ed.), New York, NY: Worth.
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