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Theoretical Perspectives

Chapter 4
Anal Stage
Period of psychosexual development in which the toddler's pleasure focuses on anal stimulation from holding onto and expelling feces.
Attachment Style
The way a person relates to a caregiver figure.
Behavioral Perspective
A theoretical perspective in which it is assumed that abnormality is caused by faulty learning experiences.
Biological Perspective
A theoretical perspective in which it is assumed that disturbances in emotions, behavior, and cognitive processes are caused by abnormalities in the functioning of the body.
Classical Conditioning
Learning of a connection between an originally neutral stimulus and a naturally evoking stimulus that produces an automatic reflexive reaction.
Cognitive-Behavioral Perspective
A theoretical perspective in which it is assumed that abnormality is caused by maladaptive thought processes that result in dysfunctional behavior.
Conditioned Response
An acquired response to a stimulus that was previously neutral.
Conditioned Stimulus
A previously neutral stimulus that, after repeated pairings with the unconditioned stimulus, elicits a conditioned response.
Defense Mechanism
Tactics that keep unacceptable thoughts, instincts, and feelings out of conscious awareness and thus protect the ego against anxiety.
Dream Analysis
A method used in psychoanalysis in which the client relates to the events of a dream to the clinician and free associates to these events.
Psychoanalytic Theory; the structure of personality dealing with judgment, memory, perception, and decision making.
The cessation of behavior in the absence of reinforcement.
Family Dynamics
Pattern of interactions among the members of a family.
Family Perspective
Theoretical perspective in which it is assumed that abnormality is caused by disturbances in the pattern of interactions and relationships within the family.
Arrested development at a particular stage of psychosexual development attributable to excessive or inadequate gratification at that stage.
Free Association
Method used in psychoanalysis in which the client speaks freely, saying whatever comes to mind.
Basic unit of heredity.
Genital Stage
Period of psychosexual development coinciding with the resurfacing of sexual energy just prior to puberty.
Humanistic Perspective
Regards people as motivated by the need to understand themselves and the world and to derive greater enrichment from their experiences by fulfilling their unique individual potential.
Psychoanalytic theory; the structure of personality that contains the sexual and aggressive instincts.
Psychoanalytic theory; period of psychosexual development during which the child interacts with peers and imitates the behavior of parents and other adults of the same biological sex as the child.
Multifactorial Polygenic Threshold
Position that several genes with varying influence are involved in the transmission of a disorder or characteristic.
Negative Reinforcement
The removal of aversive conditions when certain behaviors are performed.
A chemical substance released from a neuron into a synaptic cleft, where it drifts across the synapse and is absorbed by the receiving neuron.
Object Relations
One's unconscious representations of important people in one's life.
Operant Conditioning
A learning process in which an individual acquires behaviors through reinforcement.
Oral Stage
Period of psychosexual development in which the infant's pleasure comes from the stimulation of the mouth.
Person-Centered Theory
Humanistic Theory: focuses on the uniqueness of each individual, the importance of allowing each individual to achieve maximum fulfillment of potential, and the need for the individual to confront honestly the reality of his or her experiences in the world.
Phallic Stage
Period of psychosexual development in which the genital area of the body is the focus of the child's sexual feelings.
Positive Reinforcement
Providing reward when certain behaviors are performed.
Primary Process Thinking
Psychoanalytic theory: loosely associated, idiosyncratic, and distorted cognitive representation of the world.
Primary Reinforcers
Rewards that satisfy a biological need, making them intrinsically rewarding.
Psychodynamic Perspective
Theoretical orientation in psychology that emphasizes unconscious determinants of behavior.
Psychosexual Stages
Psychoanalytic theory: normal sequence of development through which each individual passes between infancy and adulthood.
Unconscious blocking of anxiety-provoking thoughts or feelings.
Secondary Process Thinking
Psychoanalytic theory: kind of thinking involved in logical and rational problem solving.
Secondary Reinforcers
Rewards that derive their value from association with primary reinforcers.
Humanistic theory: the maximum realization of the individual's potential for psychological growth.
Sociocultural Perspective
Theoretical perspective that emphasizes the ways that individuals are influenced by people, social institutions, and social forces in the world around them.
Psychoanalytic theory: the structure of personality that includes the conscience and the ego ideal; it incorporates societal prohibitions and exerts control over the seeking of instinctual gratification.
Systematic Desensitization
Variant of counter-conditioning that involves presenting the client with progressively more anxiety-provoking images while in a relaxed state.
Theoretical Perspective
An orientation to understanding the causes of human behavior and the treatment of abnormality.
The carrying over toward the therapist of the feelings the client had toward parents or other significant people in the client's life.
Unconditional Positive Regard
Method in client-centered therapy in which the clinician gives total acceptance of what the client says, does, and feels.
Unconditioned Response
Reflexive response occurring naturally in the presence of the unconditioned stimulus without having been learned.
Unconditioned Stimulus
Stimulus that naturally produces a response without having been learned.
Working Through
Phase of psychoanalytic treatment in which the clinician helps the client achieve a healthier resolution of issues than had occurred in the client's early childhood environment.