Psychological Perspectives


After reviewing the case below, choose two perspectives (neuroscience, humanistic, cognitive, psychodynamic or behavioral) to create a short dialogue between two psychologists discussing Sara’s behavior. Feel free to be creative in your dialogue! Define your two chosen perspectives and briefly discuss the differences of each approach. What was one missing in your dialogue from the case that the other helped to explain?

For example, what would a psychodynamic psychologist say about Sara’s behavior versus a cognitive psychologist? Your dialogue might look something like this:

Psychodynamic Psychologist: Sara seems to be exhibiting these behaviors as a result of unconscious thoughts and conflicts she may not be aware of.

Cognitive Psychologist: That could be true! But I think a possible cause of Sara’s anxiety could stem from the way she thinks about the world around her. Her thinking is distorted and we should work to change that.

Psychodynamic Psychologist: Hmm… Sara’s parents did get a divorce when she was in high school, she could have possibly repressed those feelings that are now coming to the surface from her own recent divorce.

Cognitive Psychologist: Yes, but we are still not getting at the root of the way she thinks and processes information. She excessively worries about everything, not just her parent’s divorce and her own.


Sara is 35 year-old woman currently struggling with increasing pressure at work and a recent divorce among many other things in her life. At the urging of her friends and family, she sought counseling and was diagnosed with Depression and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Sara has a tendency to worry excessively about her children, money, friends, cat, and just about everything else where other people might not find a reason to worry. At work, she has trouble concentrating and is finding it difficult to perform at her best. Her boss is putting more pressure on her to perform better and meet sales goals for the quarter. In general, Sara feels like she is often on edge, tense, exhausted and is very irritable, which has impacted her everyday life. The amount of stress and anxiety Sara is experiencing in her life is also contributing to her depression. She feels as though she is in a vicious cycle she can’t escape.

When Sara was in middle school, her parents argued a lot and she often heard them talking about divorce. In high school, Sara’s parents finally followed through and divorced, which made Sara feel very alone and not in control of her own life. She said that she still feels that she is not in control, worries often, and can’t control how she feels, despite her attempts.

Be sure to make connections between your ideas and conclusions and the research, concepts, terms, and theory we are discussing this week.

Class text:  Feldman, R. S. (2018). In Understanding psychology (pp. 14–16). essay, McGraw-Hill Education.


Psychological Perspectives


Behavioral Psychologist: Sara’s parents divorced during her adolescence, and she could be experiencing anxiety because parental divorce is linked to more emotional neglect and abuse and reduced parental care.

Cognitive Psychologist: All those are potential risk factors for Sara’s anxiety, but she expresses a tendency to overestimate the potential for danger, especially by imaginings the worst possible scenarios with regard to her finances, children, pet, and friends.

Behavioral Psychologist: Yes, she is overestimating the potential for danger, but such behaviors are mostly caused by past experiences triggering her development, and in this case, the most probable antecedent is her parents’ divorce that caused her learned associations.

Cognitive Psychologist: Yes, but the impact of Sara’s current divorce should not be disregarded, especially because a divorced party is likely to experience intense insecurity regarding issues such as how she will support herself and her family on her own.

Behavioral and cognitive perspectives have been applied to explain Sara’s behaviors. The cognitive perspective focuses on the impact of how and what individuals think on their emotions (Feldman, 2018). On the other hand, the behavioral perspective focuses on the idea that psychological events can be explained and described through observable behavior and its link to environmental occurrences and stimuli. …………for help with this assignment contact us via email Address:

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