Psychology Disorders

Psychology Disorders - normal? Is normality simply fitting...

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Psychology Disorders (Abnormal Psychology) Abnormal Psychology - Let's start with a question. NORMAL - what does it mean to you? This word seems to mean very different things to different people and especially, in different situations. How many of us here would say we are normal? What if asked to evaluate your own intelligence - would you say your intelligence level or ability is "normal"? Is normal average. Certainly the word average constitutes the majority, and isn't it the majority that determines what is
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Unformatted text preview: normal? Is normality simply fitting within the confines of the majority - in other words, being average? I. Basic Issues A. What is "abnormal" behavior? 1. Contributes to maladaptiveness in an individual 2. Considered deviant by a culture (thus it is culture specific) 3. Leads to personal psychological distress 4. unusual, rare, but not necessarily bizarre B. What are some common myths about abnormality? 1. Bizarre 2. Different in kind 3. dangerous 4. Shameful 5. Self-induced \...
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