Cognitive Social Learning Theory Case Study

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This case will analyze – from the perspective of three teams of experts from the Behavioral, Social Cognitive and Cognitive schools of personality – Jane, who is a 38-year-old, African American female. She has wanted therapy ever since her husband was killed in a car crash. She was a passenger during the accident. However, while she wants therapy, she does not want to venture out of her home. In fact, she is afraid of such a prospect. Her family is not helping her, as they believe she is using the accident as an excuse to gain attention, rather than taking her condition seriously. Jane has mentioned that she no longer feels loved, and that she might as well give up on her life. She is looking for therapy whereby the therapist would conduct …show more content…
He was able to earn a degree at Ohio State University wherein he was able to learn about the personal constructs from George Kelly. His theory centered on the assumption that people hold global characteristics that affect their behavior.
This theory he shared with Bandera is called the Cognitive Social Learning Theory wherein they analyzed a person’s personality with the guide of the learning principles. Theirs differ from others in a sense that they focus more on cognitive variables as a means to relay that this aspect in psychology is essential to human functioning. Mischel puts more focus on the context of a person’s behavior whereas Bandura puts more emphasis on a person’s thoughts, especially the part that relates to their expectations and goals in life. Furthermore, situations trigger thoughts and emotions that developed because of past experiences and that the mood of a person would change depending upon the person’s emotional reaction to the
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This suggests that every person differs on how they would perceive a certain situation. According to Kelly, personality of a person is composed of the different mental constructs that would enable the person to see the world as it is. Therefore, in the case of Jane, she believes that the loss of her husband and the fact that her family does not want to aid her in the grieving process is an act of abandonment. She then sees herself as a nuisance and creates theories about herself that grieving people who lost their spouses tends to be a nuisance to her

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