Psychology is the science of the mind. An appreciation of what is happening of the mind of a criminal and why he or she acts, as she does can be an important part of any investigation.

Psychological tests can be useful in learning more about an individual and their behavior. Standardized personality screening tests, of the kind that are sometimes also used in recruitment, can reveal the individual's basic personality type.

The psychologist may also use more subjective tests known as projective tests, which reveal more about inner conflict, fantasies, and thought processes. In the widely used Rorschach inkblot test, the suspect is shown a series of abstract inkblots and asked to describe what he sees.

Another kind of psychological test that may be administered is a cognitive test that measures the individual's intelligence, mental competency, thought processes, and ability to understand his or her behavior.

"Self-belief does not necessarily ensure success, but self-disbelief assuredly spawns failure." By: Albert Bandura

Suppressing Anger Shortens Life

Research from the University of Michigan published earlier this year in the Journal of Family Communication suggests that a good fight with your partner may be better for your health than suppressing your feelings. Couples in which both partners suppressed their anger when unfairly attacked by the other died earlier than those in relationships where one or both expressed their anger and resolved underlying conflict.

Researchers studied 192 couples over a 17 year period (1971-1988) and placed them in one of four categories: both partners communicated their anger; one expressed while the other suppressed (and vice versa); and both suppressed their anger. When both spouses suppressed their anger, earlier death was twice as likely compared to all other categories.

Lead author Ernest Harburg, professor emeritus in the school of public health and psychology department said:

"Comparisons between couples in which both people suppress their anger, and the three other types of couples, are very intriguing. When couples get together, one of their main jobs is reconciliation about conflict. Usually nobody is trained to do this. If they have good parents, they can imitate, that's fine, but usually the couple is ignorant about the process of resolving conflict."

"The key matter is, when the conflict happens, how do you resolve it? When you don't, if you bury your anger, and you brood on it and you resent the other person or the attacker, and you don't try to resolve the problem, then you're in trouble."

Compatibility in Relationships

If a relationship is to last, it is relevant to pay some attention to the question of suitability, to forewarn individuals whose marriage will certainly or almost certainly to fail. Graphology is capable of providing prospective partners with a character portrait of each other.

In any relationship, the first thing that you want to check out is it compatibility.
If you compare your handwritings you will find many revealing signs of compatibility in your relationship.

Because handwriting analysis is such an effective tool for the evaluation of personality, it's ideal for checking out compatibility in your relationship. When we check compatibility, the first thing we look for is the emotional responsiveness of both parties.
A big difference in emotional temperatures would mean that you are on completely different emotional wavelengths. For example if you are warm and outgoing while your partner is cool and withdrawn it could be a mark against your compatibility score. What is then the contribution of psycho graphology to the determination of compatibility in marriage? A comparison of the handwritings of the two individuals about to get married Graphology can reveal their relationship will it be happy and enduring for all times, it can point out likely areas of agreement and possible spheres of dissent based on objective evaluation of each individual's interest, values, strivings, intensity of needs and generally the ability to communicate emotionally and to be receptive to the partner's communication's.
Do you have similar levels of self-esteem and self-confidence? If there is a significant contrast here we could end up with one partner being too dominant with the other habitually taking a back seat.