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Psychology Case Study on Dennis Nilsen

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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.

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