The Gestalt notion of “totality of existence” underlies the biopsychosocial perspective in psychology. This perspective asserts that people are biological, psychological and social beings and all these domains are important to truly understand the causes of many human maladies, such as psychopathology, and adverse physical outcomes, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, for example. Your thoughts?
2. In 1964, William Schofield wrote a book titled, Psychotherapy: the purchase of a friendship.
Is psychotherapy the purchase of a friendship? Why or why not?
3. According to Cornell and Hamrin (2008), infants and children with attachment problems are at risk for adult psychopathology, including poor-self esteem, abusive relationships, delinquent behavior, antisocial behavior, and so on. If a clinical psychologist suspects that a client has attachment disorder, what assumptions can he or she make about the quality of the relationship between the client and his or her primary caretaker?
4. Researchers and practitioners who subscribe to the biopsychosocial model assert that psychosocial stress plays a major role in health outcomes, both psychological and physical. However, not all stress is bad. If you agree, what are some advantages of stress?