AP Psychology : Therapy

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Example Question #131 : Ap Psychology

Which of the following best identifies the primary tenants of Gestalt therapy?

Possible Answers:

Challenge people's core beliefs to bring about change.

All of these

Bring about the superego as the most important part of the individual's psyche.

Alter family dynamics to bring about change in the individual.

Help people become more aware of and adequately express their feelings.

Correct answer:

Help people become more aware of and adequately express their feelings.

Explanation:

Gestalt therapy, developed by Fritz Perls, combines the psychoanalytic emphasis of bringing unconscious feelings to immediate awareness and the humanistic emphasis of getting in touch with one's feelings. This therapeutic approach aims to "help people take responsibility for their actions and feelings."

Example Question #132 : Ap Psychology

Dr. Andrews often assigns her clients “homework” to do between sessions, in which they are asked to practice newly learned therapeutic skills she hopes will help relieve their symptoms. Which of the following practices most accurately describes her methods?

Possible Answers:

Cognitive-behavioral therapy

Humanistic therapy

Play therapy

Psychoanalysis

Correct answer:

Cognitive-behavioral therapy

Explanation:

Homework is an important part of some therapeutic styles and is most closely associated with "cognitive behavioral therapy" (CBT). As the question suggests, it involves asking the patient to put in extra work on a certain area of treatment outside of the actual therapy session. Examples of homework include: recording automatic negative thoughts, monitoring stress levels at specific times throughout the week, reading a brief manual about how a certain aspect of therapy works, etc.

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