• Question: what is your favourite psychological approach?

    Asked by Dennis Relojo-Howell II to Rob, Olly, Nicola, Jasmin, Dennis, Caroline on 12 Jun 2019.
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      Caroline Brett answered on 12 Jun 2019:


      Hi Dennis (?!)
      I’m a big fan of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy because it’s all about being aware of and accepting how you’re feeling (without stressing yourself out trying to change it), and committing to living a life in accordance with your values.

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      Oliver Clabburn answered on 12 Jun 2019:


      As my undergraduate degree was educational psychology, I’d probably go with this! However, my recent/current work is more health psychology… so maybe that?!

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      Dennis Relojo-Howell answered on 12 Jun 2019:


      Firstly, I take it as a compliment that you chose my name as your username! Good choice. LOL!

      I love the evolutionary approach. This approach assumes that our brain is fine-tuned according to our environment, and this has been shaped over millions of years.

      Have you heard of trypophobia? The evolutionary approach has an interesting explanation on this. I also admire the works of Darwin.

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      Robert Dempsey answered on 12 Jun 2019:


      The Individual Differences Approach! Partly, because I teach a lot about individual differences (personality, motivation, intelligence) but also my research involves me taking an individual differences approach to understanding people’s experience of mental health issues. I often look at how people with ‘hypomanic personalities’ think about goals, their moods and behaviour, as a way of understanding how someone with this personality style (a potential risk factor for bipolar disorder) could have similar thought processes and psychological vulnerabilities to variable moods as someone who is living with a bipolar diagnosis. I use a lot of personality measures and other individual differences scales in my studies into mental health.

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      Nicola Johnstone answered on 13 Jun 2019:


      Cognitive neuroscience – we understand psychology via brain and body mechanisms.

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      Jasmin Moon answered on 13 Jun 2019:


      The Bio-psycho-social approach is a winner for me because it takes into account so many different factors.
      Bio refers to our genes, hormones etc.
      Psycho refers to our thoughts and feelings.
      Social refers to our upbringing and the people around us.
      I believe that using this approach helps psychologists to better understand a lot of conditions and find helpful treatments.

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