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Sunday, November 03, 2002

Depressogenic Schemas  
Why is Leonardo DiCaprio in my psychology textbook? He's illustrating a feature of Aaron Beck's cognitive theory.
A photo of him signing an autograph for a girl is accompanied by the caption: If a movie or rock star comes to expect the constant attention of adoring fans that he gets used to receiving wherever he goes, he might begin to develop a dysfunctional belief ... such as "If everybody doesn't love me, my life is worthless." At a later point in time, when under stress ... he might become prone to developing depression, according to Beck's theory. Page 206 of Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology and Modern Life.