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The behavioural approach

Mental illnesses can be caused by experiences that we have in life rather than
biological or psychodynamic reasons. Abnormality is seen as the development of
behaviour patterns, through classical and operant conditioning, which are
maladaptive for the individual. Most learned behaviours are adaptive, helping us to

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theories of the acquisition of fear would have a problem explaining why
many individuals can't identify a incident in their past which lead to
traumatic conditioning, or recall any contact with the feared object
However, phobias too many frequently encountered and potentially
frightening stimuli such as fast moving traffic are…


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