What approach to psychology do you most identify/agree with and why? Why is this approach the best way of explaining human behavior?
Behaviorism is an interesting approach and probably one of the most accepted of all the approaches. Kerstan points out the response to reward and punishment and how particularly in education we use behaviorism.
I like Michaela see functionalism as a valid approach even though it is older and used very little these days. One measure of mental health is our ability to adapt to our environment and the functionalist truly value that portion of our psyche.
Trisha brings up a very good point about violent environment in relation to pitbulls. We can learn a lot from animals as well as humans and environment impacts all of us.
Kimberly your ideas go along very well with sociocultural psychology, which I find the most interesting of all the approaches as well. I don't think we take into consideration how important our environment is often enough when we deal with behavior.
I like the idea of emotion attached to our thought processes that Alexis brought up. We are very driven by our emotions and when we have a strong emotion attached to a memory we know that it is more likely to be permanent.
Michael brings up a great point about genetics, especially in regard to some mental illnesses that have genetic links. It seems no one approach is complete and there is a tremendous amount of evidence to say genetics plays a big part in who we are mentally.
If I had to pick one approach it would be sociocultural. Social psychology is one of my main areas of interest, so the idea that our environment influences our behavior and thoughts in fasinating to me. Sociocultural psychology explains why we have the differences we do across the our country and the world. This approach to me encorporates more options to explain human behavior than the other approaches.