We Still Love John

October 15, 2009

Generating Ideas

Filed under: #2: problem analysis — welovejohn @ 1:13 am

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What We Know

What We Need to Know

What We Need to Do

John displayed negative behaviour towards external events.

Why did John behave in such a negative manner?

Is John’s behaviour triggered by internal or external factors (environment)?

Why did he not do certain things?

How can we fix John’s damaging behavior towards external events?

What are the different types of psychology approaches that are available for John?

Analysis of information provided in the case study

Self-directed learning on the different types of psychology approaches available

Sharing of research findings with the group and discussion of information researched

John has a negative thought pattern.

What are the negative thought patterns relating to John’s self-defeating thinking?

Could John be suffering from depression? What are the symptoms of depression?

Does John need to learn how to seek help? Is there a difference between how woman and man manage their emotions?

Analysis of John’s responses towards the different events happening in his life

Research on whether how man and woman manage their emotions affects their psychological state

John does not know how to cope effectively with the external events happening in his life. Could we teach John coping strategies to increase his resilience so that he can cope better towards the negative events happening in his life?

Research on the various approaches aimed at increasing resilience

Research on Richard LAZARUS

There are various

problem solving

models available.

Polya’s 4 stages of problem solving

– Understanding the problem (identify the problem)

– Planning how to solve the problem

– Carrying out the plan

– Looking back

Can we apply these four steps of problem solving that we learnt in Math in this topic?

Research on various problem solving models available.

Refer to Psychology textbook (Santrock)

Many negative events happened to John.

Do we need to solve his past problems?

Do we need to clear his emotional baggage before trying to solve the current problems?

Alternatively, should we focus on the future to prevent what have happened before from repeating again?

Research on the various approaches aimed at increasing resilience

Discussion on the benefits and harms of the different ways.

There are various psychology approaches that can help to solve John’s problems.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Approach

The Biological Approach

The Behaviorist Approach

The Cognitive Approach

The Psychodynamic Approach The Humanistic Approach

Self-directed learning on whether the different types of psychology approaches available

Sharing of research findings with the group and discussion of information researched

There are new psychology approaches available.

Can these new approaches be applied to John?

Positive Psychology

What is Martin Seligman about?


Martin Seligman’s learned optimism


Seligman’s “balanced psychology”

Is this approach advocated and supported by the various psychologists?

Research on positive psychology and Martin Seligman.

With an overview of the case backed up with all the research information. Which approach is most suitable to be used on John? Comparing and contrasting of the research information that we have found on the various approaches to psychology.

Sharing of research findings with the group and discussion of information found.

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