Eating Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Anorexia Nervosa: A condition characterized by intense fear of gaining weight or becoming obese, as well as a distorted body image, leading to an excessive weight loss from restricting food intake and excessive exercise. Bulimia Nervosa: An eating disorder in which persistent over concern with the body weight and shape leads to repeat episodes of…

What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

Borderline personality disorder “is defined in the DSM IV, a manual used by psychiatrists to diagnose all mental disorders, as an AXIS II disorder which has symptoms of impulsively and emotional dysregulation” (Livesley 146). People with BPD have feelings of abandonment and emptiness, and have “frantic efforts to avoid abandonment, going to extremes to keep…

Stress, Stressors, Pain

Nature of stress Stressor: stimuli/ events in environment that place demands on us Response: stress (physiological? Cognitive? Behavioural? Person-situation Interaction: Transaction between organism & environment Stressors (Situations) Eliciting Stimuli: Place demands on well-being & require us to adapt Microstressors: daily hassles Catastrophic Events: occur unexpectedly..affect large #’s of people Major Negative Events: stressful life events…

Treatment of Psychological Disorders

Goal of treatment: Help to change maladaptive thoughts, feelings, behaviours Helping Relationships: Most therapists today use an eclectic approach (A person who derives ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.) Psychodynamic Therapy ASSUMPTIONS: Behavior is driven by biological urges, interpsychic conflict and developmental fixations GOALS: client seeks insight regarding unconscious…

B.F. Skinner: Operant Conditioning, Skinner Box, Baby Tender

Background Information 1904 Born March 20th. 1930 Initiated research in reflexes. 1930-31 Received Harvard Fellowship. 1936 Married Yvonne Blue. 1938 The Behavior of Organisms was published. 1942 Awarded the Warren Medal by the Society of Experimental Psychologists. 1945 Skinner took over the Psychology Department at the University of Indiana 1948 Skinner began his research with…

W.E.B Du Bois: Theories of Social Change

Biography Full name: William Edward Burghardt Du Bois Born February 23, 1868 Parents were of a mixed African, French, and Dutch parentage Lived in Massachusetts Racially profiled in high school 1885-1888: went to Frisk University in Nashville 1895: PHD from Harvard (First African- American) 1909: Help found the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured…

Facebook Relationships vs. Real life Relationships

Interaction on Facebook is a recent phenomenon which is completely unparalleled by any other form of social relationship. According to a study done of students at Michigan State, “70% of students reported they spend 30 minutes on Facebook per day” (Lampe, Steinfeld, Ellison, 167) . A Facebook relationship takes place in a fashion where the…