Evaluation of Emotion, Personality and Internal Models of External Reality: Implications for psychological intervention
Presenter: Allan Harkness, PhD – Dr. Harkness received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota (Clinical Psychology) in 1989. He is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Institute for Biochemical and Psychological Study of Individual Differences at the University of Tulsa, in Tulsa, OK. Overview. Adaptive function has provided a key to understanding cognitive and emotional psychological capacities, from the time that functionalism was a major school of psychology. Throughout the history of research psychology, a series of problems and issues have continually resurfaced, relating to five major functions in adapting to the external environment (Harkness, Reynolds, & Lilienfeld, 2014). This Webinar will link these functions to major themes in personality and psychopathology. Recognizing the adaptive functions behind cognition, emotional, and personality brings functionalism to psychopathology, allowing a critical change in perspective that can inform treatment planning. Objectives. Participants will (1) learn to identify five major functions of adapting to external reality that have been major topics in psychological research throughout the history of the field and (2) be able to identify the connections between the major adaptive functions and various forms of psychopathology for case conceptualization.