wanted and unwanted behavior. Statistics show that people that are gifted people could be used in the term of ‘abnormal’ when using this definition. “Under this definition, a person’s thinking or behavior is classified as abnormal if it violates the (unwritten rules about what is expected or acceptable behavior in a particular social group (McLeod,2008).” This type of behavior may make some feel threatened, or be incomprehensible or uncomfortable to others. In different social societies some behavior differs, because when different cultures are likened to others there is a mistake about what is the norm.
Challenges in Identifying Mental Disorders Understanding the definition of a person with abnormality is the fact that they can’t cope with the demands of everyday life. They have trouble with day to day performance, and have no meaningful relationships with others. “Roshen & Seligman (1989) suggest the following characteristics that define failure to function adequately: Suffering, Maladaptiveness (danger to self), Vividness & unconventionality (stands out, Unpredictability & loss of control, Irrationality/incomprehensibility, Causes observer discomfort, Violates moral/social standards (McLeod,2008)>” “It may come as a surprise to you that there is still no universal agreement about what is meant by an abnormality or disorder (Butcher, et.al., 2013).” That’s not to say there is not a definition. Although, the true satisfactory definition will remain elusive. There is through a general agreement about what is a disorder and what is not.
- Spring '16
- Abnormal Psychology, Identifying Mental Disorders