Psychology Case Study

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The description in this case study is clear. What occurred is when Jane was a young girl her father beat her repeatedly for being naughty. Her father thought she was being naughty but never explained it to her. Jane did not know the reasons why. Jane began to associate love with fear and no matter how hard you try, you will still fail. She realized after a developed relationship with an aunt that her father might have been wrong. She learned her father wasn’t fond of being wrong. She gained a sense of power over him and used it against him to get things she wants. Jane got married and her husband hit her for challenging him and felt guilty and begged for forgiveness and bought her things to make up for his wrongs.
There are a few different explanations in this case study. Jane associated love with fear because her own father who was supposed to ...view middle of the document...

She accepts his apology and he buys her whatever she wants. Jane lacked power as a child and now challenges men as an adult to make up for the unfair balance as a child. She accepts her husband’s apology and takes the gifts and things are all better. This is a learned behavior of Jane on the nurture side.

In this case study we can predict that Jane will challenge men in her adulthood years due to the lacking experience of power as a child. Jane predicted that is she tried hard enough and got things right she would not be beaten by her father. When a man close to her in life mistreats her its clear to see she is easily accepting to their apology. We can also predict that Jane will use the guilt of a sense of power to get what she wants and to make her feel happy.
Jane applied psychological knowledge to prevent unwanted outcomes. She tried to always get things right to please her father. She wanted a positive change. As she got older and realized her dad was afraid to be wrong she applied that knowledge against him to get what she wanted and got her positive outcome and improved her family relationship.
Three modern perspectives of psychology stand out to me in this study: psychodynamic, behavioral, and cognitive. The psychodynamic perspective would study the personality traits and psychological problems that reflect the unconscious processes of Jane’s father and how they affected Jane’s early childhood experiences. The behavioral perspective would study how Jane and her father learn both good and bad habits. A study to show how Jane can increase desirable behaviors from her father and husband and not be hit. The cognitive perspective can show us how Jane’s behavior is later in adulthood such as challenging men due to lack of experience with power as a child. Also Jane had her own thoughts as to doing things correctly to please her father she wouldn’t be in trouble. She also stored all the information from childhood and learned how to process it and use to gain a source of power over the men in her life.

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