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Social Psychology

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Dan Dolderman

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Lecture 8 Social Psychology (little from Lecture 7)
Continued for Lecture 7 - Disorders and Treatments
1.'talk therapy' - importance of common factors: insight
oPsychodynamic approach
2.Expressing one's thoughts and feelings for only about 15mintues a day greatly
increased mental health
oPennebaker's work on writing about personal trauma
oLikelihood of someone who can't even get out of bed to part take in cognitive-
behavioral is slim so drugs are used as therapy instead
oUsed mostly for bipolar and schizophrenia
4.Behavior modification and specific behavioral interventions
5.Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) = thought restructuring + behavioral skills
6.EE - emotional environment (within the family)
oHigh EE - family that is overly critical and involved in the patients lives
(unhealthy families)
oFor schizophrenics, unhealthy families create relapse much more likely
oDrug treatment alone is not very effective treatment
Should combine with family planning, social skills, and drugs
7.Social phobias - expecting the worse and it is very easy to validate those findings
oImproving cognitive habits
Cognitive restructuring - learning to reappraise circumstances in a
less negative light
oDisputing irrational beliefs
oBenefit finding - people try to find the silver lining of their traumas (positive
reappraisal - downward comparison & creation of positive events) Chapter 10
People go through this naturally during a bad thing
8.ABCDE process :
oAdversity (Activating Event)
oBeliefs that automatically follow (insight about oneself)
oConsequences that follow from that (building motivation to change)
oDisputing beliefs (Different perspective)
Lecture 8 - Social Psychology
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