Perspective Description 1. Psychodynamic Believe that behavior is motivated by inner forces that the person has little control over. 2. Behavioral Believe to understand development we must study observable behavior and environmental stimuli. 3. Cognitive Focuses on how people know, understand, and think about the world. Studies how thinking affects behavior. 4. Humanistic Believe that people have a natural tendency to reach their full potential and that each person has unique qualities. 5. Contextual Considers the relationship between a person?s physical, cognitive, and social worlds. Social and cultural contexts must be considered. 6. Evolutionary Explains a person?s current behavior based on genetic inheritance of from our ancestors.
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