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1/11: What is abnormal behavior? o Dysfunction – breakdown in cognitive, behavioral, or emotional functioning Ex: intense fear, compulsions …but, dysfunctional response may be appropriate like grieving after a death o Statistical infrequency – rare or at the ends of a bell shaped curve …but you can’t rely on this because something things like extreme intelligence or athletic ability are not “abnormal” o Violation or norms – not culturally expected, would make most others uncomfortable Ex: talking to imaginary voices …but norms change, like with the blue tooth and generational expectations for women and work. Social reformers, protestors and prostitutes violate norms but we wouldn’t call it abnormal behavior o Personal distress – causes great distress and suffering Ex; people with bulimia and alcohol addiction …but some disorders like mania do not cause distress o Impairment – significantly interferes with work, relationships Ex: substance abuse affects job performance
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This note was uploaded on 11/27/2011 for the course PSYC 245 taught by Professor Snyder during the Spring '08 term at UNC.

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