Functioning Psychology

April 14, 2016

The Functioning Psychology

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What is Functioning Psychology?

Functioning Psychology is the way with I address the mental, emotional and biological aspects of children, adolescents and adults development through my committment to evidence-based medicine, such as treatment methods that have been proven effective by scientific research and my believe that every person deserves to be considered as an individual with targeted intervention for allowing his/her full expression.

Functioning Psychology is a model that integrates different psychological perspectives with the latest scientific findings in neuroscience and neuropsychology. Often research offers already several new therapeutical indications which are not used in the clinical settings.

The Fully Functioning person

The first point of view is the humanistic concept of fully functioning person proposed by Carl Rogers and Abraham Maslow. They showed that a person needs for “growing” an environment that provides him/her with genuineness (openness and self-disclosure), acceptance (being seen with unconditional positive regard), and empathy (being listened to and understood).

The organism has one basic tendency and striving – to actualize, maintain, and enhance the experiencing organism” (Rogers, 1951, p. 487)

The second perspective is that one of the cognitive psychology, usually divided in four approaches: Experimental Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Science, Cognitive Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience. Functioning Psychology aims to translate in psychological treatments these four approaches.