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Overview of Life Perspectives

            Psychology is the scientific study of the behavior of humans and animals. The following paragraphs will describe and discus Psychodynamic, Cognitive, Behavioral, Humanistic, and Biological perspectives of psychology. Each one of these perspectives searches for answers about behavior through different techniques and through looking for answers to different kinds of questions. Psychodynamic perspective is behavior that is motivated by inner forces and conflicts about which we have little awareness or control of. Psychodynamic can be something that brings you great joy or creep you out. It can be about things that make you remember or mostly the things that are buried deep in our psyche. For example, every time I think of Disneyland I think of the day my husband proposed to me. That place reminds me of joyful memories and lightens my mood whenever I think about it. It is the unconscious part of our brains that make us remember and feel things. .
             Cognitive perspective "focuses on how people think, understand, and perceive the world." This perspective is on how things affect us and how we react to them. An influence in our behavior. For example, if somebody was unhappy about their job and kept on getting tasks dumped on them eventually their unhappiness would transition over to other parts of their life. Behavioral perspective, our actions or the "observable behavior that can be measured objectively". This perspective views the behavior itself as the problem, it does not speculate about mental processes, such as thinking. Behavioral perspective also focuses on learning in understanding how various behaviors occur. For example, having someone being rude to me for no reason at all can make me get upset or angry where my behavior or actions can make the situation worse than it is. Another personal example would be when my husband, who was my boyfriend at the time, came back from Hawaii, and knocked on the door.

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