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Running Head: MODELS OF ABNORMALITY Behavioral vs. Biological Grace Hensel Ivy Tech Community College 1/26/2020
2 MODELS OF ABNORMALITY Behavioral vs. Biological Everyone has their own opinion on what they consider normal and abnormal. Sometimes what was once considered normal can change over time and now be considered unacceptable or frowned-upon. Other times, the social norms change, and what was once considered abnormal or wrong, is now perfectly acceptable and encouraged in today’s world. There are a few different models of abnormality mentioned in the book including, behavioral, cognitive, psychodynamic, and biological. Each of those is considered an explanation of abnormality and helps explain why we do what we do. They are each involved with learned behaviors, the thinking process, the unconscious process, and the biological process. It is difficult to identify what is “abnormal” or “normal” considering everyone has their own opinions, views, and past experiences. Abnormality refers to, “a deviance from statistical norms or social norms, deviance from the ideal mental health, and the failure to function adequately.” Behaviorism means that all your behavior is influenced by your environment. Behaviorists believe our past experiences are what determine our actions. On the other hand, the cognitive approach means a person’s thoughts control all their actions. While the

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