As a forensic psychologist, how do you put your feelings aside to assess patients objectively?
That's a really important issue. There are entire lectures, books, and journal articles on issues related to bias, heuristics, and subjectivity and how those factors might influence the work of forensic psychologists.
Ultimately, putting aside feelings to assess in an objective manner requires a lot of preparation, forethought, and a certain personality. Not all psychologists are equipped to do so. Many psychologists excel in the area of empathy. This can be a situation in which strong feelings or empathy or sympathy may be counterproductive to the psychologist. I can provide more detail if you like, but the training, perspective/mind-set, specific steps taken to avoid bias and heuristics, and structure of the assessments can go a long way to reducing these problems.
@Benjamin Silber, Ph.D., ABPP I was thinking about it. Surely, this requires alot of practice.