Suppose a friend says to you, “I feel really lousy today, and I don’t know why. You’re taking abnormal psych—what do you think?” If, after a conversation, your friend feels better about things, have you provided psychological therapy? Why or why not? Include what you believe are the essential features of therapy in your answer.
Upon further discussion with your friend, you find that their thought processes are irrational and maladaptive. From your understanding, how would you explain to your friend how cognitive theorists view abnormal behavior and maladaptive thought patterns? Lastly, your friend admits to having depression.
What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of your friend receiving both psychodynamic therapy and cognitive therapy? Which of these alternatives would you recommend to your friend, and why