Psychoanalytic and Humanistic Approaches to Therapy

Psychoanalysis Freud’s psychoanalytic approach to treatment was based on gaining insight into the unconscious. A combination of free association, dream analysis, and interpretation (sometimes called the “talking cure”) was used to resolve conflicts and reduce anxiety, which Freud believed were the source of mental illness. Freud thought that patients may initially show resistance to therapy, to avoid confronting the unconscious, …

Key Terms for Treatment

Download a free pdf of this key terms list here: Treatment-Key-Terms Find explanations and examples of all of these key terms and more here: Master Introductory Psychology: Complete Edition       psychiatrist   neurologist   clinical psychologist   counseling psychologist   clinical social worker   psychotherapy   biomedical treatment   psychoanalysis   resistance   transference   interpersonal therapy   humanistic …

Key Terms for Psychological Disorders

Download a free pdf of this key terms list here: Psychological-Disorders-Key-Terms Find explanations and examples of all of these key terms and more here: Master Introductory Psychology: Complete Edition       psychopathology   psychological disorders   etiology   Thomas Szasz   medical model   symptoms – positive / negative   biopsychosocial approach   stigma   deviance   dysfunction   distress …

How Does Toxoplasmosis Affect the Brain?

I highly recommend checking out this excellent interview with one of my favorite lecturers, Robert Sapolsky. He discusses fascinating ways different parasites like toxoplasma gondii are able to take control of behavior via some surprising neurological mechanisms. It appears that the toxo parasite makes rats sexually attracted to the scent of cat urine, increasing the odds the rat will end …