Unformatted text preview: Jason Wang Depending on the circumstances, possessing a musical talent can have both positive and negative sides
to it. Through the integrated deﬁnition, superb musical talent falls under abnormal behavior. An individual with bipolar disorder also engages in abnormal behavior. The different types
of practical deﬁnitions for abnormal behavior “ . . . are based on pragmatic or clinical criteria
concerning the effect of the behavior on the person exhibiting it or on others” (Sue, Sue, and Sue l l).
Manic and depressive episodes affect the person with the disorder as well as others around him or her,
ﬁtting the practical deﬁnitions of abnormal behavior. A person with this type of disorder would most
likely need professional attention in order to receive a medication and undergo psychosocial treatment
to stabilize their mood. One of the advantages of this disorder is having an “excessively ‘high,’ overly @
good, euphoric mood” during one of the manic episodes (Spearing 2). A disadvantage of this disorder
would be experiencing “feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness” during a depression episode
(Spearing 2). If a person has a somewhat creative mind in addition to having bipolar disorder, then he
or she might have the ability to live pretty well by becoming an artist, poet, or novelist. During their
manic episodes, their ideas and energy could allow the person to produce great literary and artistic
works; during their depression episodes, they could live off of what they made during their manic
episode. In contrast, bipolar disorder could become maladaptive for a person without a creative mind.
The person could have trouble keeping a job since they would do well during their manic episode and
then become unproductive during their depression episode. Most employers would look for T (9/
consistency in their employee’s work, as well as dependability in their work ethic, making it tough for (Lk
a person with untreated bipolar disorder. Therefore, the actions displayed by manic depressants
parallel the characteristics of the practical deﬁnitions of abnormal behavior.
A person who tattoos a plethora of various designs on their body embodies abnormal behavior in the US. culture. Using the statistical deﬁnition, “ . . . the dominant or most powerﬁil
group generally determines what constitutes normality and abnormality” (Sue, Sue, and Sue 8). A poll a conducted in 2003 showed that about 15% of Americans have at least one tattoo (Swan 1). However, 3 ...
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