Ask Dr. Joy Miller: In the courtroom

By WEEK Producer

September 19, 2012 Updated Sep 19, 2012 at 6:32 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- In tonight's Dr Joy we are heading into the courtroom for another Kokology quiz.

Many of you have grown up watching shows that involve lawyes, like The Good Wife, Boston Legal, Ally McBeal and many others.

Imagine you are an actor playing out a part in a courtroom. Which character would you portray?

The lawyer, detective, accused, or the witness.

In psychological terms, the actor is your social persona, the face that you put on in the world. The role you choose suggests how you typically respond to a crisis situation

* The lawyer: You keep your cool and most people don't ever see you sweat. You look cool but you also have a face that surfaces under intense pressure - a fighter that can explode when the case demands action. This combination of the cool & calm and fiery passion gets you through most situations.

* The detective: You keep your head while others lose theirs. People sense and respect you and come to you when in distress and need assistance. It may feel like trouble follows you, but this makes you feel inherently good

* The accused: You seem to appear tough and that nothing gets to you, but underneath you have a hard time seeing things through to the end. When things are tough you second guess yourself and can be self-blaming. It would be beneficial to partner with someone who handles problems in a practical way.

* The witness: You look cooperative and helpful but your eagerness to please makes a problem for you. Trying to get along with everyone all the time creates situations where you appear like you don't take a stand. Don't worry so much about what people think of you, just be yourself.

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