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University of Pittsburgh
Psy 0160 - Psychology of Personality
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Personality Psychology Lecture 19 Outline of Last Lecture Self regulation Schemas Motives Self enhancement motive Self verification motive Higgins Self efficacy and Anxiety Stress Stress inoculation RET rational emotive therapy ABC Outline of Current Lecture Aaron Beck Automatic thoughts Dysfunctional assumptions Negative self statements Triad of depression Cognitive therapy for depression Faulty Cognitions Evaluation Current Lecture Aaron Beck and Cognitive Therapy Prolific research and application to therapy Psychological difficulties are due to o Automatic thoughts Patterns of thinking in particular way automatically that influence our behavior and how we feel positively or negatively o Dysfunctional assumptions o Negative self statements Beck s Cognitive Triad of Depression Negative views of the self o Inadequate worthless etc o Predominant views These notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor s lecture GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes not as a substitute Negative views of the world o Worlds too hard unfair too many demands Negative views of the future o Life will always involve suffering Faulty Cognitions Research People who are depressed o Focused more on themselves o Had more accessible negative self constructs o Had a bias toward pessimism rather than optimism especially in relation to self Back s Cognitive Therapy for Depression Designed to identify and correct distorted conceptualizations and dysfunctional beliefs o Help them change themselves o Consider whether youre interpreting things inaccurately whether inaccurate thoughts are true or not o Challenge automatic thoughts 15 25 sessions at weekly intervals short term therapy Interpretation and modification of distortions and dysfunctional beliefs o Where they come from how the developed them o Learn how to change dysfunctional beliefs o Catch yourself thinking automatic thoughts Highly specific learning environment o Monitor negative automatic thoughts catch yourself thinking negative thoughts o Recognize how these negative thoughts lead to problematic feelings and behaviors o Examine evidence for and against these thoughts are thoughts accurate or not o If beliefs are not accurate and not based on whats really happening substituted more reality based interpretations Evaluation Positive o Database o Testable o Comprehensive Doesn t look at biological mechanisms o Applicable Negative o Systematic

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