The Behavioral Model and behavioral theorists believe that our actions are determined by our experiences in life. The focus of this model is on the subject’s behaviors in response to their environment. These behaviors can either be external or internal. Learned behaviors can help some people cope and lead to productive activities in life. Learned behaviors can also be abnormal and lead to abnormal functioning (Comer, 2005-2011).
Throughout his life Johnny Cash had many experiences that he had to learn to cope with. You can see this in his behaviors at an early age and on and off throughout his life. In the beginning of his life Johnny Cash was born the fourth of seven children. He was raised in the backwoods of Arkansas on 20 acres of land in a small shack for a house. He had to work very hard as a boy. He plowed the land, and picked cotton all day long. They lived in poverty and often had very little money to afford anything (Cash, Johnny, 1987).
Johnny’s mother loved to play the piano. And the family was from a musical heritage. Johnny’s maternal grandfather loved music as well, and although he struggled with poverty as well he was known to always own musical instruments. The Cash family managed to get a piano when Johnny was young and music was always a part of their lives. The house was alive with music, most of it hymnals led by his mother. Johnny took to the music and it deeply impacted him. He would sing while doing work, and sing at home. When he was just 12 he composed songs, stories and poems. He carried his love of ...
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...sequent tensions. I think he would have benefited from some antianxiety or antidepressant drug therapy and relaxation training. Two things he did do for himself that are evident in his biographies were detoxification and to renew himself spiritually. He was quoted in Rolling Stone magazine, “I used drugs to escape, they worked well when I was younger but they devastated me physically emotionally and spiritually. That last one hurt so much: to put myself in such a low state that I couldn’t communicate with God. There’s no lonelier place to be. I was separated from God, and I wasn’t even trying to call on him. I knew that there was no line of communication. But he came back. And I came back” (DeCurtis, 2000). I think Johnny would have benefited from other types of therapy as I stated, but he found what worked for him, and as you can tell, it was a lifelong battle.
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