He gazed upon me with that evil Cheshire Cat grin knowing full well all eyes are on us as he said, ”What the fuck is wrong with you moron, I’m talking to you!?!?”
I tried my best to ignore him and looked straight ahead. My face was burning hot and at this point very red as I realized everyone in the classroom stopped what they were doing to watch our exchange. I honestly can’t remember at this point what our group project was that day, but our geography teacher had divided us up into groups. I had the misfortune of being paired with three “gems”.
So what defense can I provide for daring to do things like wearing granny panties to PE class? I can see within my mind the opinions of those who knew me from this time: "What' the hell's wrong with her? She was such a weirdo!!" In my own defense I simply would like to note that I was really clueless.. At no point has anyone given me advice or assistance on how to fit in and be like a normal kid. The fact is there are so many things working against me. I was raised in a home with two unique parents. My dad is socially awkward and marches to his own drum. My mother was a foreigner unfamiliar to many aspects of teenage life in America. I had absolutely no friends after sixth grade.
“Cognitive hypotheses can be applied with every client because the content and process of thought is an element in all problems and solutions” (Ingram, 2012, p. 191). This hypothesis is based on psychodynamic, humanistic, existential, and CBT models.
“The Hypotheses in this chapter apply models of learning from experimental and social psychology: operant conditioning, respondent conditioning and social learning theory.” (Ingram, 2012). I’ve reviewed these elsewhere for the NCE exam.
CHAPTER 14 “Social, Cultural & Environment Factors” in Ingram, (2012) discusses his hypotheses that look outside of the individual for explanations and solutions. Draws from systems theory and varied disciplines. The table below comes from (Ingram, 2012, p, 285).
“By applying the hypotheses in this category, the therapist refuses to pathologize, medicalize, or objectify the patient. Clients do not have a ‘disorder’ but are struggling with inevitable problems of human existence....The personhood of the therapist and the egalitarian, genuine quality of the therapeutic relationship may be more important than other therapeutic ingredients.” (Ingram, 2012, p, 257).
These hypotheses are based on the idea that the body and mind are interconnected as two integral components of our overall well-being. "There are physiological causes for mental symptoms, psychological causes for physiological changes and psychological and biological factors that co-vary without our understanding the direction of causation." (Ingram, 2012)