Abnormal Psychology

Abnormal Psychology

Cognitive Approach to Understanding the Origins of Abnormal Behavior

To prepare for this week’s Discussion, review the following videos in addition to this week’s assigned Reading:

Maschio, J. (2014). The unconscious mind and behavior. [Video]. Unpublished.

Duran, M. V. (2013). Learned helplessness. Retrieved from www.cengage.com/custom/ems/psych/shared/video/player.html?video=lrnd_hlplssnss_16446.

Proceed to this week’s Discussion by discussing the following about theories of how cognition may be linked to mental illness:

LeDoux’s overarching theme for his book The Synaptic Self suggested that “we are what we think” because most behavior originates with a thought, which requires the communication of neurons. For this Assignment, you will be discussing the cognitive approach to understanding the development of abnormal behavior.

Explain one of the cognitive theories about how thinking is believed to increase a person’s vulnerability to develop a mental disorder (e.g., learned helplessness, negative thinking, etc.).

Explain from the psychoanalytic approach how it is believed that the unconscious mind influences or motivates behavior.

The strongest answer will refer to the textbook and concepts from the Reading material.





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Learned helplessness is a term indicating an organism figuring out how to acknowledge and bear unpalatable stimuli, and unwilling to keep away from them, even when it is avoidable. In other words, the organism has discovered that it doesn’t have any control over the circumstance and that whatever it does or does not do won’t have any impact on the result. Learned helplessness has turned into an essential guideline of behavioral theory, exhibiting that earlier learning can bring about an extraordinary change in conduct and trying to clarify why people may acknowledge and stay detached in pessimistic circumstances regardless of their clear capacity to transform them. Seligman the developer of this theory contended that, because of these negative desires, different results may go with the incapacity or unwillingness to act, including low confidence, unending disappointment, sadness, and physical disease.

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