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Study Guide: Abnormal vs. Normal 1). What does ‘normal’ mean in a cultural sense? In a cultural sense, normal means according to the way one is expected to behave in their culture. 2). What meaning do most psychologists give the word ‘normal’?- on test Normal means emotionally healthy 3). Why is there no clear dividing line between normal and abnormal people? No, most people are not completely healthy nor completely unhealthy, but are well adjusted. 4). What may cause a person to shift from normal to abnormal behavior? An unexpected setback can temporarily impair an individual's ability to cope with daily living. 5). What are the three basic criteria that most psychologists recognize as indicating abnormal or emotionally healthy behavior? 1). Inadequate daily functioning 2). Inadequate social functioning 3). Personal discomfort 6). What is meant by inadequate daily functioning? Cannot cope with ordinary demands of day to day living. 7). What is meant by inadequate social functioning? It can mean a variety of things, such as inability to hold a job or do reasonably well in school, difficulty in giving and receiving love, being close to another person, and sharing friendships, or bizarre behavior including criminal behavior that attracts attention of others. 8). What is meant by personal discomfort? Personal discomfort can be both psychological and physical. Doing things that cause oneself harm, such as heavy drinking or drug use can indicate abnormalities. Excessive emotional suffering, such as extremely prolonged grief over a death is another example.
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9). Are normal people free of all the characteristics of abnormal behavior? No, everyone exhibits signs of abnormality from time to time. It is a problem when it interferes with daily living.
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