- Objective Truth is what exists and can be proved in this physicality. (The sun moves across the sky each day.)
- Normative Truth is what we, as a group, agree is true. (English speakers agreed to use the word day to name that time when the sky is lit by the sun.)
- Subjective Truth is how the individual sees or experiences the world. (Today is a good day for me.)
- Complex Truth recognizes the validity of all those truths and allows you to focus on the one is most useful at any given time. (The sun is up; the day is bright. Today is a good day for MOM, so lets take advantage of that and ask for ice cream for dinner.)
Objective Truth: Over 95% of sexual offenses are committed by first time offenders who have never been arrested or convicted and so are not listed on any registry. Evidance: Does a Watched Pot Boil
Normative Truth: Your child is more likely to end up on the sex offense registry than to ever be touched by someone on that list.
Complex Truth: See Are We All Sex Offenders
Critical reflections on labeling as an ethical issue in the field of psychology.
- Gwenda M. Willis (2018) “Why call someone by what we don’t want them to be? The ethics of labeling in forensic/correctional psychology,” Psychology, Crime & Law, 24:7, 727-743, DOI: 10.1080/1068316X.2017.1421640
- Gwenda M. Willis & Elizabeth Letourneau. guest editorial: “Promoting Accurate and Respectful Language to Describe Individuals and Groups,” 30:5 Sexual Abuse 480-483 (2018)
- Michael C Seto, editor in chief, “Sexual Abuse’s New Person First Guidelines,” 30:5 Sexual Abuse 479 (2018)
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