Assignment 1

at least three references and 1.5 page per section

Section One

  1. Compare and contrast in detail the differences between the terms mental illness and mental disorder.
  2. explain in detail the difference between incompetence to stand trial (adjudicative incompetence) and insanity.
  3. In your opinion, is the insanity defense over used in the American court system? support your position, pro or con?
  4. According to valid emerging research, psychopathy may have genetic correlates, or may be related to brain structure and/or function. If this is true, consider what would be the implications for dealing with (i.e., punishing) psychopaths.
  5. Should a serious offender identified as a psychopath be sentenced differently than an offender committing the same crime but who does not have this disorder?  Explain your answer… you should consider including in your response, terms such as the insanity plea; not guilty by reason of insanity; etc.

Section Two

Part I

  1. Seriously view the mindfulness video below and make an attempt to experience mindfulness yourself by following Jon Kabat Zinn’s instructions.

Mindfulness with Jon Kabat-Zinn:

  1. Describe to us your own personal experience with this mindfulness presentation.
  2. How would emotionally based or negative thinking keep a person from successfully experiencing mindfulness and what could be done about that?

Part II

Now view the presentations of Richard Davidson, Jon Kabat Zinn, and Amishi Jha: Becoming Conscious: The Science of Mindfulness:

  1. Describe to us your thoughts about this video. What did you find most interesting about it?
  2. How do you imagine these concepts could be used in your own life?

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