• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Psychology Case Study on Dennis Nilsen

Extracts from this document...


Psychology Case Study on Dennis Nilsen Psychodynamic 1.) Causes of Abnormality According to Freud we all have sexual and aggressive desires driving us to behave the way we do, however we repress these desires to a sub-conscience level because society oppresses that sort of behaviour. It goes against the norms of society. Sometimes we let these desires manifest themselves in the form of a Freudian Slip. According to Freud we develop through five "Psychosexual Stages" at a young age. How we move through them will determine our personality type, at each stage you must resolve a conflict if you skip this stage this causes fixation at that stage, in later life, this is sometimes the cause of abnormal behaviour. These are the five stages: 1 Oral Stage, most fascination is involved with the mouth. 2 Anal Stage, most fascination is involved with the Anus. ...read more.


Lobotomies. The purposes of the first two are to help balance out the chemical levels in our bodies. ECT sends electrical signals, which help get rid of depression, and Psychosurgery is a method controlling the abnormal behaviour if it becomes a danger to other people. Behavioural 1.) Causes of Abnormality This is when people's experiences in life have a long-term affect on them, childhood experiences can cause them to behave abnormally in later life. This includes ideas such as Social Learning, E.g. At a young age, if you see your father beating your mother, you may grow up to believe that that is socially acceptable and thus repeat his actions. Some people only know how to behave through what their parents have taught them. The way we perceive everything, all that is around us is also a factor that could help or hinder abnormal behaviour. ...read more.


2.) Treatment Implications The treatments here are Rational Emotive Therapy, and Beck's Restructuring Therapy. Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) is a holistic approach to emotional growth, which encourages the discovery and expression of emotions; and looks at the inter-relationships of thinking, sensing, feeling, and behaving. Beck's Restructuring Therapy is a process involves emphasis on reality-based interpretations of information and seeks to minimise the ifs, buts, ands and maybes that may be present in the individuals mind. The approach developed by Beck tries to focus the client on reality based data to interpret environmental transactions. This is a technical way of saying that it is important to make sure that the client is interpreting what is going on around them accurately. Darren! Now all you need to do is apply it all to Dennis Nilsen Here is what you need to do. 1.) explain why they behaved the way that they did 2.) explain how you might treat them, cover two treatments ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level The Psychology of Individual Differences section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level The Psychology of Individual Differences essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Behavioural Study of Obedience - Stanley Milgram

    5 star(s)

    It was good that Milgram stated at the start that the money paid to the subjects was theirs regardless of whether they continued with the experiment; However, during the experiment the prods used suggested that withdrawal was not possible for the subject.

  2. Marked by a teacher

    Compare and Contrast the five main perspectives in psychology

    3 star(s)

    This can be split into the perceived and ideal self. The perceived self involves the individual's perception of the world and of his/her own behaviour. The ideal self is what the individual would like to be. An imbalance between these, leads to psychological problems.

  1. Consider the Problems Faced by Psychologists in the Definition of Abnormality

    individual's problems and the possibility that they may require appropriate help, however as Comer (2000) said, dysfunction alone is not an indication of psychological abnormality. Some people will chose to deprive themselves of necessary items, such as food, in order to protest against something they believe to be unjust- this

  2. Outline and Evaluate the Biological, Psychodynamic and Cognitive Explanations of Abnormality

    Freud claimed that these processes occurred at an unconscious level, so the individual would be unaware of the influence. The conflicts between the Id and the Superego occur throughout life, though they can be most damaging in childhood. This is because the Ego is the last part of the psyche

  1. case study of psychopath

    In his early teens he began to beat her. DeBardeleben married five times (one of which had dissociated identity disorder). His first marriage, when he was nineteen lasted only three weeks. He then began to steal cars. He soon after married again, had a child but this did not last either.

  2. Defining abnormality

    This particular model has become very influential in recent years. There is no doubt that distorted and irrational beliefs are very common amongst patients with mental disorders. Such beliefs seem to be of central importance in anxiety disorders and depression according to Beck and Clark 1988, but their importance has not been shown for most other disorders.

  1. Do pre information affect impression formation

    * Unapproachable and approachable * Not apologetic and apologetic * Selfish and selfless * Unhelpful and helpful * Not charitable and charitable The table below show the total points given out by the Ps in both the conditions 1 and 2.

  2. Psychological Abnormality

    An example is when an average height of adults is 5'8"; we would probably describe someone who is 7' or 3' as being 'abnormally' tall or short respectively. There are so many loopholes in this approach because It does not take into account the desirability of a behaviour or characteristic.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work