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Emotional Disorders and Biological Basis of Behavior

Assume you are planning on becoming a clinical psychologist working primarily with individuals suffering from emotional disorders. As a specialist on emotional disorders, is it important to understand the biological bases of behavior? Why or why not?

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1. Assume you are planning on becoming a clinical psychologist working primarily with individuals suffering from emotional disorders. As a specialist on emotional disorders, is it important to understand the biological bases of behavior? Why or why not?

It depends. Some theorists come from a purely social or environmental perspective, downplaying biological or totally ignoring biological causes of emotional disorders. The opposite is also true for the biological theorist. Both are reductionist. Perhaps both play a part.

For example, if you believe that emotional disorders are caused by biological factors, then it is important. There seems to be some evidence to suggest this is true, mainly through studies testing the effect of a certain drug for effectiveness of relieving the symptoms associated with the emotional behavior. If the drug is more effective than the ...

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Based on the scenario that a person is planning on becoming a clinical psychologist working primarily with individuals suffering from emotional disorders, this solution explains why it is (or, is not) important to understand the biological bases of behavior. This solution is 500 words with one reference.

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