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1.what_is_abnormal - Abnormal Psychology Abnormal...

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1 Abnormal Psychology • Abnormal Psychology • refers to the subject area concerned with the nature, causes, and development of abnormal behavior, thoughts, and feelings. • “Abnormal” is relative; it varies across time, place, and culture. The Study of Abnormal Behavior What is Abnormal? What do you think? Myths and Misconceptions About Abnormal Behavior No Single Definition of Psychological Abnormality No Single Definition of Psychological Normality
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2 Identifying Abnormal Behavior: Basic Standards Statistical Infrequency Paranoia, hallucinations, clinical depression But: Identifying Abnormal Behavior: Basic Standards Psychological Dysfunction Breakdown in cognitive, emotional, or behavioral functioning Hard to define “dysfunction” Sometimes maladaptive behavior is a good thing Identifying Abnormal Behavior: Basic Standards Personal Distress Suicidal thoughts Upset at own behavior (excessive elation, cleanliness) But: sometimes distress is expected and normal - loss of a loved one. Charles Manson - no remorse; MR, TV
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3 Identifying Abnormal Behavior: Basic Standards Deviation from an Ideal Failing to achieve a
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This note was uploaded on 11/15/2010 for the course PSYC PSYC 163 taught by Professor Mickeys,l during the Fall '09 term at UCSD.

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