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Unformatted text preview: Reading #12 A Cognitive Expectancy Theory of Therapy Negative expectancies are necessary to cause depressive syndrome Negative expectations can be caused by many things such as: lack of control, negative views of self, deFcits in obtained reinforcements or biological vulnerability Cognitive approaches to depression treatment: 1) emphasis on changing individuals beliefs and was of processing information 2) suggest variety of techniques for altering depressive symptomatology Cognitions are: a) mediating behavioral responses to events b) directly determining the nature and intensity of affective reactions Major classes of cognitions central to depressive process 1) Perceptions identifying, recognizing and judging objects and events by sensory information- arbitrary inference: process of drawing a conclusion that is contrary to the objective evidence in a situation - selective abstraction: the drawing of an inference based on only part of the information available in a situation - magniFcation: the tendency to exaggerate the importance of an event...
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This note was uploaded on 11/19/2010 for the course PSYCH V89.-0030- taught by Professor Susan during the Fall '09 term at NYU.
- Fall '09