The Case Study Of James, A Twenty Year Old Male University Student

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PSYCH 108- JAMES CASE STUDY

This essay will explore the case study of James, a Twenty year old male university student who has been referred by his GP to the counselling services for having a chronic low mood.
Becks Basic cognitive model is an idea that aims to provide linkage between key negative events in a person’s history and mental illnesses, most particularly depressions. (Watkins, 1997)The first step of the model is labelled early life experiences and the development of core and conditional beliefs; together these two areas outline the linkage between core beliefs that a person holds about themselves and the individual’s early life experiences.
The first core belief that can be identified within the case study is James’s reoccurring belief that he is in some way ‘dumb’. The case study explains this was first encoded when he was in primary school, where his siblings and classmates alike use to mock him because of his learning difficulties. The next two core beliefs transpire from a single event, as it is explained that James felt that he couldn’t receive the same amount of recognition as his siblings and therefore has always had a need to prove himself. Yet, because of this factor combined with his learning difficulties he was a Black sheep, promoting the idea that he felt different from the rest of his family.
The reason why it is plausible that these ideas are James’s core beliefs is because of the frequency over his lifespan that he has referred to them, for…
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