AS AQA PSYA2 Psychology- Cognitive approach to Psychopathology

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  • Created on: 28-05-13 17:36

Ellis and Beck thought the behavioural approach was weak because it did not take mental procceses into account. The cognitive approach is the idea that thinking processes which occur between a stimulus and a response are responsible for the feeling that forms part of the response. E.g. If a person has a pattern of negative thoughts about themselves, they are likely to feel low as a response. One of the features of the cognitive approach is:

  • Irrational Thinking (Ellis 1962)- Emotional problems can cause distortions in our thinking processes, e.g. believing you are worthless if you aren't loved by everyone. Everyone has these feelings, however it only becomes a problem when this sort of thinking becomes habit and effects them and others around them
  • The Cognitive Triad and Errors in


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