Andrea Yates: the Behavioral Perspective
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Published: Nov 8th, 2010
The Behavioral Perspective focuses on observable behaviors; but does not speculate about mental processes such as thinking. Also on learning in understanding how various behaviors occur. She was very smart and educated. Andrea was a very private lady that kept to herself. When she quit being a nurse to be a home wife she started to lose control. Andrea and Russell didn’t turn to anyone else but themselves. She didn’t act like a regular murderer, she cared about her family and always thought of other people before herself.
Cognitive psychologists are interested in how a person understands, diagnoses, and solve a problem, concerning themselves with the mental processes that mediate between stimulus and response. Andrea had a mental illness and wanted to find a solution to it. She tried medication but it only helped when she was taking it. She was blinded by what was happening to her mind. So there for she didn’t understand what she was doing to her family and herself. Andrea didn’t even know “she was just spiraling down” said her husband. She also had many ups and down with her emotions. One day she was fine and the next she was