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 Unpublished.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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