Thump Therapy Analysis

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1) I thought this documentary was very eye opening and educational. It has really shown how far psychology has come and why studying psychology is so important. This documentary took us from the dark and bleak times when patients were treated as prisoners and given zero hope. The institutions were essentially prison for the mentally ill, where the doors were always locked and cramped. One of the most appalling illustrations of how the patients were treated was showcased when we heard about the nurse smacking the blind man across the back of his head and stating “live among shit, become shit.” I think this statement sums up how these patients were treated and why there needed to be change to the institutions. The so-called “thump therapy” was …show more content…
For one, simply treating the patients as humans would be the first start. I think this approach allow the patients to keep their dignity and wouldn’t strip them of their individuality. Instead, giving the patients different forms of therapy such as the “healing-hand crafts” or occupational therapy. Also, changing the bleak and horrid conditions of the hospital into a healing atmosphere would have caused much better outcomes. As some of the patients explained how they got trapped in the routine and the depressive mood of the asylum caused a horrendous outlook on life. A person can’t function in these conditions. Simply, allowing the patients to go outside and experience sunshine and exercise instead of cramping them in dark rooms and locking the …show more content…
The theory suggests that positive emotions will enhance our awareness, create better outlooks and thought. The “broadening” aspect of this theory is that positive emotions allow us to expand our views and how we process information. This in turn leads to us thinking in a new and creative way. Our expanded thinking and actions in turn “build” into new important psychological and intellectual thoughts and processes that allow us to grow as a person. These positive emotions will then widen our senses and thus increase our understanding by seeing the “bigger picture” as Fredickson stated. These positive emotions also build up over time and in turn will increase our sense of well-being. This continues and we gain greater and greater benefits. For example, joy, allows us to be more creative and outgoing leading us to be more likely to explore new ideas and experiences. As well, contentment allows us to relish in our experiences and enjoy the moment. This provides an explanation for why positive emotions are

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