1. Behavioral: This form of therapy definitely has the best chance of fixing someones more immediate problems, I think. Its strength lies in how it chips away at a negative behavior through scientifically proven methods such as conditioning. It might be a slower process but in the end I believe you would see the best results. However my concern is that someone would need to know why they act the way they do for this to work, and there are definitely cases in which you would need to dig for that information, leading me to believe that a combination of behavioral and psychodynamic therapy in which you bring up the problem through psychodynamics and deal with the outcome of the problem through behavioral therapy would be the most useful. In other words, behavioral therapy has the potential to become worthless to some patients without assistance from other forms.
  2. Cognitive: My favorite aspect of cognitive therapy is how a therapist would act as a kind of guide for someone to help them dig themselves out of a rut, without being too distant (like what I see with humanistic therapy, in which it seems like they just hope people will come to accept their problems and move on). Like the book said, we think in words, and changing the way we think about the world, the effects of things that happen to us, I can imagine would be a big help in convincing yourself that you aren’t completely doomed. The biggest problem I could see with this is if someone is stubborn and refuses to change their thinking. There are a lot of stubborn people in the world and unless someone is willing and open to changing their world view, this form of therapy would be wasted on them.
  3. Psychodynamics: I think that this has the potential to be extremely helpful to people with a broad range of issues, maybe not even necessarily diagnosed illnesses. When the issue isn’t chemical it seems like it often comes from unaddressed underlying issues a person has and this form of therapy is targeted at bringing out those issues, making a patient aware of them, thereby allowing them to deal with whatever is causing the problems. I think this form of therapy fails when you deal with someone who’s problems are simply biological, but for the type of person it’s meant for I believe it would be very helpful.
  4. Humanistic: This approach to therapy might be good for making a person more comfortable with themselves, but I don’t see it going far beyond that. That isn’t necessarily a problem, if that’s what someone wants then I think this would be a fantastic choice, it creates an open and accepting environment where a person can express themselves freely, but it doesn’t seem like it’s capable of really addressing a persons problems and helping them fix themselves. I know that if I was looking for therapy I would want to try to eradicate the problems at the root of my behavior, not become comfortable with my thoughts and actions.
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3 thoughts on “First Impression Week 15 Prompt 1

  1. I also believe that the behavior approach would be the best approach. It teaches the patient to eliminate unwanted behaviors through classical conditioning. This approach would work well with people with phobia’s or people who suffer from alcoholism. I agree that the second effective approach should be cognitive because it focuses on reconstructing thought patterns to better the patient. I disagree with the humanistic approach being last. I feel like the humanistic approach should be third and psychodynamic should be last. Humanistic approach focuses on the patient’s individual nature rather than categorizing groups of people with similar problems. It is custom made just for the patient not for the patient’s mental illness. Therefore, in my opinion, psychodynamics would be the least effective on my list. I think that people expressing their unconscious isn’t really going to help. By finding the root of the problem doesn’t fix the problem, it just the start. I guess the patient could start out with psychodynamic therapy but would have to switch to another approach to actually the fix the problem that they are having.

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  2. Kevin,

    You did a really good job expressing your opinion clearly! I agree that all types of psychotherapy can varying in effectiveness based on different people, and I believe that what we learned in class supports this idea as well.

    In class, we learned that for the average person, psychotherapy is more effective than having no treatment of placebo. In fact, 75% of average people were better off when given a form of psychotherapy than nothing at all. However, when questioned which form of psychotherapy is the best of all, after 50 years of research, the dodo bird verdict came to be. The basis of this verdict comes from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland (this title should be italicized or underlined).

    In Alice in Wonderland, the dodo bird character hosts a race where everyone is to run around in a circle as fast as they can. The characters then proceed to run around in the circle until the dodo bird yells stop and declares that there is a winner. Everyone is confused as to how there is a winner as they were running around in a circle with no start and no end. However, the dodo bird explains that everyone is the winner of the race and that everyone shall recieve prizes. The same premise can be said for all types of psychotherapy: everybody wins as all types of therapy work equally well.

    As well, in class we analyzed a pie chart based off of what is researched to be effective in making people’s lives better. 40% of what makes people’s lives better is attributed to extratherapeutic change, meaning the change in people’s lives that has nothing to do with therapy. 30% of this change is due to common factors, meaning the degree of trust and connection a person feels with their therapist. And both techniques and expectancy account for 15% of the change each, meaning that people believing they are healing for the wrong reason and the actual type of therapy used equate to about the same in impact. Similar to what was said earlier, there are many different facotrs that impact what will make a person’s life better; therefore any type of psychotherapy can be considered effective as long as it is under the right conditions.

    Good job expressing this idea in each of your sections!

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