Basic Issues - Basic Issues A. What is "abnormal"...

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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 C. Let's take a closer Look at each component 1. Maladaptive Behavior a) an inability to handle daily life events For example, many people drink, but when drinking interferes with social and/or professional life it can be considered maladaptive. b) this is a very important component in diagnosing problems such as drug abuse 2. Deviant Behavior a) behavior that falls outside the boundaries deemed acceptable by a culture For example: *men wear kilts in Scotland, *living arrangements in villages in Papua New Guinea 3. Personal Psychological Distress not necessarily overt behavior. ..reports of feelings of sadness, anxiety, etc., to
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