Cognitive Approach to Understanding the Origins of Abnormal Behavior
To prepare for this weeks Discussion, review the following videos in addition to this weeks 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 Unpublished.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 weeks Discussion by discussing the following about theories of how cognition may be linked to mental illness:
LeDouxs 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.
1. Explain one of the cognitive theories about how thinking is believed to increase a persons vulnerability to develop a mental disorder (e.g., learned helplessness, negative thinking, etc.).
2. 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.
Must be 400-450 words and please remember references