Chapter 15 First Impression

There are a vast amount of different therapies that have been developed to help individuals overcome different mental illnesses. Many of these therapies can be broken down into four different categories, these categories being psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, and humanistic. If I were to rank these types of therapies for myself, they would go as follows: Humanistic, cognitive, behavioral, and psychodynamic. I think that humanistic would be the best choice for me because this is a therapy that is developed around the patient and is designed to help better the patient. The only downside of this method is that it is more focused in the patent becoming more accepting of themselves rather than them trying to change their actions if they are capable of doing so.

Cognitive therapy is designed to help the recipient to develop better ways of thinking about negative situations so they are less likely to be as severely affected. A drawback that I could foresee arising from this particular therapy is that it focuses more on how other people interact with you and how you interpret what they are saying, but does not take into account you being critical and criticizing yourself. There is not enough focus on helping alleviate self critcal thinking.

Behavioral therapy is focused on stopping negative behaviors. Although this can be helpful for individuals who tend to perform acts that may harm themselves or others, it does not discuss or put focus on why these acts are performed, but is more focused on stopping the behavior altogether.

Psychodynamic therapies help rid the patients of repressed memories and stress that may have caused them to develop a mental illness. The downside to this approach is that it does not focus on the conscious mind.

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2 thoughts on “Chapter 15 First Impression

  1. I find it interesting that our rankings of types of therapy are different. When looking at other classmates’ posts, it seems like there was a wide range in rankings. I deemed behavioral therapy most effective, followed by cognitive, humanistic, then psychodynamic. I chose behavioral therapy as the most effective because it utilizes multiple techniques that can help people with a wide array of disorders. I was shocked when the lecture mentioned that in general, all types of therapy have the same effectiveness. Each student’s different rankings may be due to the fact that there are very slim margins between effectiveness of each different type, so it is impossible to rank them properly. When we created our impression posts, we only had the small amount of information provided by the book, so maybe that is why our answers are so different. Perhaps what we deem most important is most helpful to either us or those around us. For example, if a person has a close friend with a substance use disorder, that person may deem behavioral therapy as most important.

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  2. I disagree with you when you ranked Humanistic first. I feel like Humanistic therapy is a good place to begin when interacting with a patient at first. Its meant to boost a patient’s self-acceptance and self awareness, therefore the patient will feel temporarily better and be more likely to make another appointment. However, I don’t think it could have an overwhelming effect on a patient because it only helps a patient accept who they are at the present time. I feel psychodynamic therapy would be a better treatment.

    Psychodynamic Therapy focuses on past events to help a patient dig down to the roots of a mental health issue. The therapy is designed so the patient can start from the beginning and piece together events and experiences which led them to develop the mental health problem. I feel like when they realize what caused the problem, then they can come to grips on who they are which is self-acceptance. Since they understand the events which caused the problem, then they can correlate how certain events affect with their present situation which is self-awareness. To sum it up, I’m saying Psychodynamic helps a patient understand the cause and effect rather than just the effect which humanistic seems to solely focus on.

    I enjoyed reading your argument.

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