The Psyptaptive Perspective: My Philosophy Of Change

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My philosophy of change is based mainly on the cognitive approach, but also draws from the psychoanalytical approach. By merging these two together, there is an importance placed on past experiences and how they shape behaviours, feelings and cognitions of the individual in the present. Once this is understood, the therapist can help the individual learn to problem solve, as well as develop new ways of coping with stressful events.
My view of human nature is that we are largely influenced by our thoughts, which can be helpful or can cause problems. The way we think can influence how we feel, if we think that we are no good and no one likes us, then we will feel sad and unwanted, which is problematic. Thoughts can also impact our behaviours, if we think that a person does not like us, then we may avoid them or
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I believe that everything begins in childhood, which includes distorted ways of thinking, and it is not always something that we can control until we learn how. I agree that some people have genetic predispositions that make them think in certain ways that are unhealthy. Along with cognitive therapists, I also believe that in changing dysfunctional or maladaptive thoughts, a person can live a much more fulfilling life. We all have automatic thoughts, intermediate beliefs and core beliefs, but in order to change our thinking, we have to focus on the automatic thoughts that a person has, because that’s what impacts everything else. Phenomenological means that the focus of therapy is on the meaning of an individual’s experiences, which are expressed through their thoughts (Charpentier, 2016). People give meaning to experiences and situations through their thoughts, and not their emotions, which is a distinguishing characteristic of this

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