PSY 201 Week 8 DQ 2 - concerned with how behaviors are...

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Definitions of abnormal behavior 1. Unusual behavior that is different from the norm. 2. Presence of pronounced psychological suffering or distress. Psychoanalytic Perspective- Understands us from the point of view of our unconscious and early childhood experiences. The contents of our unconscious can give us a neurosis, which is an anxiety state that affects the quality of your life. Freud also has a psychosexual theory of adult personality development, where our personality develops in stages during childhood. If we fail to resolve conflicts associated with a particular stage of personality development, we could develop fixations. Behavioral Perspective- Is an approach to understanding motivation that deals with drives, both learned and unlearned, and with incentives. The behavioral perspective is
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Unformatted text preview: concerned with how behaviors are learned and reinforced. Behavioral principles are often applied in mental health settings, where therapists and counselors use these techniques to explain and treat a variety of illnesses. • Cognitive Perspective- Focuses on mental processes such as memory, thinking, problem solving, language and decision making. The core focus of cognitive psychology is on how people acquire, process, and store information. Often referred to as the cognitive revolution. This period generated considerable research including processing models, cognitive research methods, and the first use of the term “cognitive psychology”. Unlike behaviorism, which focuses only on observable behaviors, cognitive psychology is concerned with internal mental states....
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course PSY 201 201 taught by Professor Peters during the Spring '11 term at University of Phoenix.

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