--Original published at Tyler's Ideas
Miguel has been struggling with his coursework lately. He has felt very tired in recent weeks and has found it difficult to focus on his studies. Even though he is always tired, he has trouble falling asleep at night, is irritable during the day, and picks fights with his roommates. He is a bit of a perfectionist and gets mad at himself when he makes even tiny mistakes. It’s gotten to the point where he doubts his ability to do anything right.
Psychodynamic: Psychodynamics focuses on internal drives. The fact that he is a perfectionist and not doing well in school will most likely make him irritable therefore causing him to pick fights with his roommate.
Behaviorist: A behaviorist may state that through examination and analysis. His lack of sleep could be the reason he is irritable and picking fights with his roommate. Without correction, Miguel will probably continue this behavior. The fact that he is a perfectionist may mean that he has OCD.
Humanistic: Miguel may not be reaching is full potential and therefore may be having trouble because of that. Humanistic psychology emphasizes the approach to study the whole person and the uniqueness of each individual. Due to the fact that Miguel is not performing to his greatest ability, he could be getting mad at himself for his mistakes.
Cognitive: Cognitive psychology focuses on mental processes. His lac of sleep has most likely slowed down his cognition and therefore weakened things like attention, language use, problem solving, creativity, and thinking. All these reasons may lead to a struggle with classwork. Therefore the reason he is struggling in school is due to his lack of sleep and slow mental processing.
Neuroscience: Due to Miguel’s lack of sleep, his brain is most likely not functioning correctly. He could potentially be suffering from insomnia which would explain his inability to sleep, bipolar disorder, which would explain his irritability, or OCD, which would explain his need for perfection.
Cultural: The pressure from Miguel’s surrounding culture may lead him to be hard on himself when he does not perform to the best of his ability. If his culture demands good grades and he isn’t doing well, it could put pressure on him causing him to stay up at night and become irritated.