Posts tagged ‘PTSD’

April 17, 2013

Jodi Arias Trial: Battle of the Experts

Juan Martinez called Dr. Janeen DeMarte to the stand to rebut the testimony of both Dr. Richard Samuels and Alyce LaViolette. In a relatively quick direct examination, Juan Martinez went over Dr. DeMarte’s qualifications as a psychologist as well as herexperience with domestic violence. Dr. DeMarte studied at Michigan State University, where she graduated in 2009. She also fulfilled an APA approved doctoral residency at Arizona State Hospital and is a licensed clinical psychologist. She currently operates a private practice in Phoenix, AZ.

Dr. DeMarte testimony hit on several areas including why she does not believe that Arias suffers from PTSD, giving direct examples that flew in the face of a true diagnosis, such as Arias attending Alexander’s memorial service, hanging out with mutual friends, sending his grandmother irises, and other actions that would require Arias to think of Alexander and the “trauma” associated with the killing. She also spoke of Arias’s immaturity, referencing her mug shot where she “smiled as though it were a high school photo” versus a booking photo of someone being charged with murder. Calling this behavior strange, Dr. DeMarte stated that Arias’s parents described her as “happy as hell” after visiting her. This behavior made Dr. DeMarte wonder if there was an intellectual deficit present, leading to Arias’s IQ test. (Arias scored 119.) Ultimately, based upon test results and other behaviors present, Dr. DeMarte diagnosed Jodi Arias with Borderline Personality Disorder.

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April 2, 2013

The Psychology of Jodi: Madwoman or Abuse Survivor?

Jodi Arias smiles in her mugshot after being arrested for brutally murdering her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander.

Jodi Arias smiles in her mugshot after being arrested for brutally murdering her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander.

With taking the stand, Jodi Arias gave the world a rare glimpse into the mind of a suspected sociopath. Spending 18 days on the stand, Arias walked the jury through the details of her life with Travis Alexander, the man she is accused of murdering in cold, premeditated, blood.

During her time on the stand, Arias explained to the jury how she and Alexander first met, how she broke up with her boyfriend of four years after knowing Alexander for only a week, and divulged more details about anal sex than many people care to hear about outside of (and in) their own bedrooms. Arias spent weeks weaving a tale of a rocky and contentious relationship fueled by allegations of abuse, jealousy, forbidden sex, and the spiritual contradictions it all caused within their Mormon faith. The height of Arias’s testimony centered on her version of the events that unfolded on June 4th, 2008. Details became murky when she hit a mental “fog” that rendered her incapable of recalling anything other than shooting Alexander in the face. According to her, she has no memory of stabbing him 29 times and slashing his throat.

When it comes to someone like Jodi Arias, it is easy to throw around the word “sociopath.” She has shown little remorse for ending Alexander’s life, her affect is often blank and empty, her eyes are dark and cold, she is inappropriately vain and she has told so many self-serving lies that it is difficult to separate fact from fiction. But, is she a sociopath? Can an online checklist really give us a true and accurate depiction of the psychology of Jodi? (Click here to read entire article.)