Abnormal Behavior Essay

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According to the textbook, abnormal behavior is defined as "behavior, thoughts, and emotions that differ from society 's subjective idea of "proper functioning" and "normality." To me, western society in particular subjectively defines and categorizes what is "proper functioning" in ways that strictly adheres to and maintains the heteropatriarchal social order, as a way to control and censor people 's ' behaviors, thoughts, and emotions. Any sign of one straying from, denying, or defying this highly maintained social order that specifically privileges certain groups, is threatening to this calculated system. Therefore, those in power believe that this is a sign of abnormality, and thus, must be ceased by those hierarchically superior to avoid chaos, uncomfortableness, and shifting of power among …show more content…
According to the book, deviance is described as behavior that breaks social and psychological norms through behavior, actions, and thoughts. More specifically, when behavior breaks legal norms, it is considered criminal behavior, a subfield of abnormal behavior that is also stigmatized and entirely categorizes a person and a group based on these "deviant" behaviors that normative society is unfamiliar or unaccepting of. I can specifically relate this concept to the idealization that considers those who are attracted to or have sex with others of the same sex, along with their actions and feelings, deviant simply because these behaviors, thoughts, and emotions defy heteronormativity. These individuals are often criminalized for this, as well, for example, by policing that specifically targets homosexual intercourse in public bathrooms and sodomy laws that are still very much prevalent across several U.S

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