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Handout 1 1 Critical Thinking Exercise Perspectives In Psychology /&Gt

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Biological

Learning

Cognitive

Psychodynamic

Step 1.

Read the following case history. Then decide how a psychologist using a perspective listed above would

explain the CAUSE of Andrea’s problem.

Do not rely on common sense and intuition in discussing this case. Imagine that you are a dyed-in-the-

wool advocate for each of the particular viewpoinst and make your arguments from that point of view.

Andrea is a 19-year-old college student. She has requested counseling from her college counseling

center at the urging of her friends. Andrea’s friends believe that she may have an eating disorder.

Andrea sees herself as fat, but to her friends she is startlingly thin. In fact, she is so thin that they

are afraid that she will become seriously ill. Andrea maintains this low weight mainly by eating

practically nothing and drinking two quarts of water a day. She says that she thinks about food all

the time when she is restricting her food intake, but that she does not want to eat because she is