What are some skills you believe a forensic psychologist absolutely needs to have?
I would add that the ability to mitigate the effects of bias, to synthesize and apply data, and to see things from multiple perspectives and develop alternative hypotheses is very important.
Natalija has a great list there, not much to add but maybe an important quality for a forensic psychologist would be to possess the ability to think outside of the box. Especially in cases with neuropsychological considerations.
Being aware of medical reasons for criminal behavior would aid and this would be part of that out-of-the-box thinking. In this regard, an ability to look at things imaginatively would help.
Being able to piece together the mindset of the perpetrator and thus the actions is an exercise in thinking backward.
I love this quote by Arthur Conan Doyle written for the character Sherlock Holmes:
"In solving a problem of this sort, the grand thing is to be able to reason backwards. That is a very useful accomplishment, and a very easy one, but people do not practise it much. In the every-day affairs of life it is more useful to reason forwards, and so the other comes to be neglected. There are fifty who can reason synthetically for one who can reason analytically"
By all the articles and literature I've read so far here are some of the main characteristics every forensic psychologist should have :
Attention to detail
Outstanding Communication Skills
Strong character and determination
I absolutely agree with these 6 characteristics. They’re so important.