Causal Explanations that Suggest How to Change

April 1, 1997

Causal Explanations that Suggest How to Change

Causal Explanations that Suggest How to Change

  • Phobic stimuli lead to avoidance that creates distress
  • Thoughts determine behavior and emotion
  • Interpersonal schemas can interfere with interpersonal functioning
  • Symptoms represent once-adaptive behavior carried forward into the present
  • Boundary problems cause psychological distress
  • Reinforcers control behavior
  • Systemic dynamics control individual and group behavior
  • Human development creates psychological instability
  • Personal futures can cause problems in the present
  • Brain biochemical abnormalities cause problematic thinking, emotions and behaviorSource: B. Beitman, M.D. 1994.