CH - CH #1 Abnormal psychology is concerned with...

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CH #1 Abnormal psychology is concerned with understanding the nature, causes, and treatment of mental disorders. Family aggregation — that is, whether a disorder runs in families. A major problem is that there is no one behavior that makes someone abnormal. 1. Suffering: If people suffer psychologically, we are inclined to consider this as indicative of abnormality. Depressed people clearly suffer, as do people with anxiety disorders. Although suffering is an element of abnormality in many cases, it is neither a sufficient condition (all that is needed) nor even a necessary condition (that all cases of abnormality must show) for us to consider some-thing as abnormal. 2. Maladaptiveness: Maladaptive behavior is often an indicator of abnormality. Maladaptive behavior interferes with our well- being, and with our ability to enjoy our work and our relationships. 3. Deviancy : The word abnormal liter-ally means “away from the normal.” 4. Violation of the Standards of Society : All cultures have rules. Some of these are
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This note was uploaded on 11/02/2010 for the course PSY 6669 taught by Professor Wright during the Spring '10 term at Troy Montgomery.

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CH - CH #1 Abnormal psychology is concerned with...

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