Psychology is the study of the mind and behavior. American Psychological Association (2013), "the discipline embraces all aspects of the human experience — from the functions of the brain to the actions of nations, from child development to care for the aged" (para. 1). American Psychological Association (2013), "in every conceivable setting from scientific research centers to mental health care services, "the understanding of behavior" is the enterprise of psychologists" (para. 1).
Is stress created by your habitual thoughts? If so, can be diminish the amount of stress that we deal with everyday? How would you present this concept to a client and what would be your treatment plan following this premise?
Albert Ellis was an influential thinker and created the rational emotive
behavior therapy (REBT) (Ellis, 2006). His work contributed to how
individuals can moderate stress. Yes, stress is indeed created by habitual
thoughts, and the stress that one currently suffers from may be a result of
habitual patterns of thought that are a result of previous experiences. One's
perceptions are one of the main reasons individuals suffer from stress;
therefore, changing past, present, and future perceptions can alleviate some
stress; however, it is impossible to eliminate stress completely. One must can
his or her habitual reactions to stress by changing their perceptions; which,
results in reducing stress. Ultimately, one will see a diminishment of everyday
stress. As for presenting the concept to a client; I would first
provide and understanding of stress, habitual thoughts, and perceptions. Then I
would explain how habitual thoughts and past, present, and future perceptions
contribute to the occurrence of certain forms of stress. My treatment plan be or
follow along the lines of Dr. Ellis' REBT, and have a client implement stress
reducing techniques. This of course all may change as I continue my study of
psychology and become a psychologist myself.
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