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1 Major Perspectives of Psychology

2 Perspectives Psychoanalytic Behaviorism Humanism Cognitive Evolutionary Biological/Biomedical

3 Psychodynamic Originated: Sigmund Freud. Emphasizes the role of the unconscious mind, early childhood experiences, and interpersonal relationships to explain human behavior and to treat people suffering from mental illnesses.

4 Our personality is a conflict between our unconscious Id and our superego (our moral sense) and our ego (our sense of reality).

5 Defense Mechanisms

6 Psychoanalysis Psychoanalysis is the form of treating psychological disorders, invented by Freud. It is famous for the couch.

7 A. What are Psychoanalytic methods of therapy (4 of them): 1. Free Association – patient reports anything that comes to his/her mind. The psychoanalyst listens for links & themes that might tie the patients fragmentary thoughts or remarks together.

8 B. Dream analysis: Dreams have two types of content: Manifest content- actual events in dream. Latent content – hidden message in dream. Freud thought that each dream represents a form of wish fulfillment. The wish may be disguised, but it is always there.

9 C. Transference Feelings of love or other emotions (hatred) are expressed toward the therapist. These feelings are actually unconsciously felt toward others; the patient is projecting these feelings onto the therapist. This provides clues about the clients feelings about these other people.

10 Hypnosis Hypnosis is a psychoanalytic therapeutic technique. Supposedly reaches into the unconscious

11 Personality assessment Psychoanalysts use projective tests like the Rorschach Ink Blot test or the TAT test

12 Assessing achievement motivation The TAT Thematic Apperception Test

13 Criticisms of Freuds theory: 1. Freud had no scientific data to support his theories. 2. Freuds theories (unconscious, libido, etc.) cannot be observed. 3. Theory explains behavior (post-hoc) after the fact. 4. Observations not representative of population (very sexist and not multicultural).

14 Pros of Freuds theory 1. Argued that childhood experiences are important in personality development. 2. Information outside of awareness does influence us. 3. Defense mechanismsgood descriptions of some of our behaviors.

15 Behaviorism

16 By the 1950s, Psychoanalysis seemed very unscientific. Behaviorists will bring science back into psychology, even if they overdo it a little. Behaviorism is NOT interested in the unconscious mind since it cannot be observed in a laboratory.

17 Very telling quote!! Give me a dozen healthy infants, well-formed, and my own specified world to bring them up in and Ill guarantee to take any one at random and train him to become any type of specialist I might select -- doctor, lawyer, artist, merchant-chief and, yes, even beggar- man and thief, regardless of his talents, penchants, tendencies, abilities, vocations, and race of his ancestors. --John Watson, Behaviorism, 1930

18 Law of effect Edward Thorndike Basically, he was Skinner lite. Responses closely followed by satisfaction will become firmly attached to the situation and therefore more likely to reoccur when the situation is repeated. Conversely, if the situation is followed by discomfort, the connections to the situation will become weaker and the behavior of response is less likely to occur when the situation is repeated.

19 Ivan Pavlov Discovered classical conditioning. Classical conditioning is associative learning. He trained a dog to drool to a bell.

20 Dog associates food with bell.

21 B.F. Skinner The most famous of the Behaviorists. operant conditioning (aka shaping) – learning through reinforcements (rewards) and punishments.

22 Behaviorism Albert Bandura did a famous experiment that said our behavior does not have to be classically conditioned or operant conditioned. We can simply observe behavior and copy it.

23 Behaviorism The behavioral perspective can explain why people get addicted to gambling (positive reinforcement)

24 Behavioral Therapy Focuses on maladaptive behaviors (mal means bad) and changing them. Token economy uses positive reinforcement to get large groups of students or mental ward patients or employees to do something like clean up or attend group therapy. – (ex: pizza party if you all pass your test)

25 Behavioral therapy Systematic desensitization – treatment of phobias and anxiety. Treat the behavior of not freaking out over spiders (or pickles).

26 Behavioral therapy Aversive conditioning – There is a drug called Antabuse. When mixed with alcohol, it makes you sick. Motivated alcoholics will take this pill and begin to associate the sickness with alcohol and possibly stop drinking.

27 Behaviorism Summary Behaviorism says we do what we do because of classical conditioning, operant conditioning or we simply learn the behavior from watching or copying it. In its extreme, they think we are simply rats in a cage pressing buttons. WE HAVE NO FREE WILL!

28 Humanism

29 Humanistic In the 1960s in reaction to psychoanalysis and behaviorism. Focused on each individuals potential and stressed the importance of growth and self-actualization. The fundamental belief of humanistic psychology was that people are innately good. We are not rats in a cage! We are not id-driven animals! We are humans with free will.

30 Humanism Abraham Maslow said we have a hierarchy of needs

31 Humanism Carl Rogers revolutionized talk therapy. Therapy is client-centered, where the client has all the answers instead of the therapist. Therapists: positive regard (no judgments). Group therapy comes from Humanism.

32 Incongruent self: neurosis REALIDEAL REAL IDEAL Incongruent self: psychosis (shattered self)

33 Fully-Functioning Individual Congruence! Open to experiences Freedom from society Creativity Carl Rogers fully functioning Individual

34 Humanism summary Touchy-feely Rogers and Maslow put the human element back into psychology and therapy. Their philosophy: We are all humans striving to maximize our potential. A therapists job is to remove obstacles to self-actualization. Positive psychology comes from Humanism

35 Cognitive Psychology

36 Cognitive Perspective It is the study of how people perceive, remember, think, speak, and solve problems. Cognitive therapy is about changing the maladaptive thoughts of a person.

37 Cognitive Psychologists Jean Piaget studied cognitive development in children.

38 Cognitive perspective on depression We are depressed because we are irrational. Our expectations are too high and misplaced. We want everyone to love us and accept us. We want every thing to go our way. We stay angry about stuff that happened a long time ago. – WE MUST CHANGE THE WAY WE THINK TO BE HAPPY AND SUCCESSFUL.

39 Cognitive Therapy Cognitive therapy is about changing the maladaptive (bad) thoughts. Albert Ellis, Aaron Beck and William Glasser are famous for reality therapy. – They challenged his patients to ask, Are my thoughts realistic or rational? – Cognitive therapy also educates the client, teaches him/her proper behaviors/thoughts

40 Evolutionary Psychology Evolutionary psychology examines psychological traits such as memory, perception, or language It seeks to identify which human psychological traits are evolved adaptations. – functional products of natural selection or sexual selection – Attractiveness

41 Evolutionary Psychology Why do women spend so much money on a weekly basis but men will surprise their wives with a brand new car (without asking her)? Evolutionary psychologists try to explain this behavior with comparisons to hunter-gather cultures. Why do women have more bug phobia s?

42 Biological Perspective Most respected right now. They focus on our brain, nervous system, neurotransmitters and hormones to explain our behaviors.

43 Biological Perspective I dont know why you are depressed or anxious. But here is some medicine!

44 Surgeries The Lobotomy damages your frontal lobe to relieve you of anxiety. Cut the corpus callosum to keep seizures from spreading to other side of brain.

45 Electroconvulsive Therapy ECT

46 Common medicines Prozac – antidepressant – blocks reuptake of serotonin. Xanax – anti-anxiety (side effect of drowsiness) Thorazine – replaced the lobotomy

47 Social-Cultural Perspective Says that much of your behavior and your feelings are dictated by the culture you live in. Some cultures kiss each other when greeting, some just bow. Does your culture place value on individual or the group?

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