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psyc120 feb_19 - Psychopathology Abnormal Psychology Self...

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Psychopathology Abnormal Psychology - Self Harm? Old days - Exorcisms - Torture - Burned alive - Witches Lightner Witmer : father of clinical psych - Wundt’s student, an experimental psychologist - WWII military gave greater recognition to the condition they termed “shell shock” - Tens of thousands of soldiers came home needing psychological care DSM-IV-TR - A widely used system for classifying psychological disorders Definition of Psychological Disorders (psychopathology) - “A harmful (impaired) dysfunction” in which behavior is judge to be atypical, distressing, maladaptive, & unjustifiable - Suffering - Deviant - Norm Violation - (not culturally expected) - Social discomfort
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- Irrational & unpredictability Difference between “Normal & Abnormal” anxiety - Normal o Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time o Important to have low to moderate levels of anxiety for optimal performance o A little anxiety motivates you to “go the extra mile” Positive Sides of anxiety, worry and panic - Evolution perspective o
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