By Ewan Ingleby

Not only one other psychology textbook, this ebook combines sensible social paintings along sound educational research. disguise; name; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgements; creation; 1 Introducing social staff to psychology; 2 Psychology and verbal exchange; three Attitudes and ideology; four Psychology and psychological affliction; five baby psychology; 6 Psychology and previous age; end; solutions to self-assessment questions; References; Index

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Similarly, NVC may be the social worker’s only means of identifying symptoms or problems that the service-user may be unwilling or unable to disclose verbally. Aspects of NVC received by the social worker It is important that the social worker receives and correctly interprets the NVC of their service-users. Individuals vary in their level of sensitivity to NVC, but accurate perception is important in interaction as service-users may attempt to control obvious channels but ‘leak’ this information through less obvious channels.

If we were to apply the ideas of Howard Gardner (1985) it could be argued that your answer may have been determined by your mathematical intelligence. Your mind will have processed the questions in a particular way. You will then have made sense of the questions so that you are left thinking about ‘Danish elephants’. If this has happened you might also be quite curious and amused as to how the thought process has worked. It may even seem ‘like magic’! If you are told that this activity is a simple number trick and that whatever whole number you select between 1 and 10 will always give you a letter ‘D’ (once you follow the instructions) your attitude towards the activity changes.

In 2002 the GSCC reiterated the importance of having good communication if there is to be effective social work practice. This recommendation is also supported by the Department of Health as they have included communication as one of the five categories of learning for the social work degree. This aspect of practice is developed throughout the chapter by reflecting on the contribution psychology makes to understanding human communication. The formative activities within the chapter reinforce and develop your learning in relation to the psychology of communication.

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