Stan case study: psychology

             1.) Stan is a very troubled young man. His real problems come from his extremely low self-esteem. This stemmed from his childhood. During his childhood his whole family contributed to his current issues. His mother shattered his view of women due to the fact she dominated his father and Stan himself. Next, Stan describes his father as “…weak, passive, and mousy…” in which Stan seems to image himself after. Also, Stan was in the shadows of his two brothers and one sister. He was the “black sheep” of the family and his parents let him know that with hurtful words. His family is the main root for his problems, as he got older the issues compounded. An example of this is his ex-wife who had the same tendencies to dictate and control as his mother. Subsequently, Stan thinks he “should” be somewhere else in life at this point. Not a 25 year old sophomore in college. Stan gets down on himself on just about every aspect in life and lacks motivation and encouragement. Furthermore Stan abuses alcohol and drugs which only promotes his destructive behavior. All of these issues combined are crippling Stan’s ability to function normally in society.
             2.) There are a few therapies in which Stan can benefit from. One that would be most helpful is cognitive-behavior therapy. Stan fits the bill as he is self-blaming and his bad past events keep him in a circle of depression. Also, he is miserable and fantasizes about killing himself. Stan has learned to feel this way threw his past events. Cognitive-behavior therapy will help take his negative thinking and replace it with new ways of thinking. Not only does it help his way of thinking, but changes his everyday way of acting. An example of the ideal turnout of this type of therapy for Stan would be his way of thinking to change on the level that he is worth something and a “strong man”. After that a change in his everyday behavior such as no longer using drugs and alcohol.

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