Theoretical Lenses in Psychology – Bonus Blog Prompt

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This week in class we discussed a number of different theoretical approaches to understanding human behavior and mental processes. For practice using these different theoretical lenses to explain behavior, you can use the following example:

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.

If you write a blog post where you explain what is going on with Miguel from the perspectives below, I will award you 2 extra credit points. You must post your explanation by the beginning of class on Wednesday 9/6 and use the tag “Bonus Posts” to earn credit. Explanations can be brief but need to be at least a couple of sentences to show you grasp the basic concepts. You must use all the following theoretical approaches:

  • Psychodynamic
  • Behavioral
  • Humanistic
  • Cognitive
  • Neuroscience
  • Cultural


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