Abnormal Psychology Essay

1609 Words May 5th, 2012 7 Pages
Abnormal Psychology
Psychology is the study of the mind and behavior. It seeks to comprehend people by understanding mental functions and social behavior. It also explores neurobiological and physiological processes that can drive cognitive functions and behaviors. It is this drive to understand mental processes that pushes psychologists to want to learn about what is normal and abnormal behavior. People have tried for thousands of years to understand and define abnormal behavior. In the past 100 years it has undergone “tremendous change, progress, and controversy”(Hansell, J & Damour, L., 2009, p.3). Throughout the modifications certain principles have remained which are known as the core concepts. These core concepts are what define
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Another problem with this is that feelings of sadness and anxiety can be completely normal in specific scenarios, such as, after the loss of a loved one. The last characteristic of abnormal behavior is significant impairment, “most forms of psychopathology involve some form of impairment, such as decreased energy, avoidance behaviors, and pervasive problems in daily living”(Hansell, J & Damour, L., 2009, p.13). Impairment is a good defining criterion but it can have its limits. A psychological impairment can be caused by a physical injury, there are also disorders that do not have impairments, and lastly it is difficult to define impairment in functioning when one can’t define what normal functioning truly is (Hansell, J & Damour, L., 2009, p.13).
Scientific Discipline
When the studies of abnormalities began people tended to differentiate between normal and abnormal behavior on the basis of their own beliefs. This made it easy to judge people with different beliefs, and associate them with deviant behavior and therefore mental illnesses. The unusual to one can be very usual to another. Through time abnormal psychology has turned to the scientific method in order to avoid false associations. There are now techniques used by psychologists in raising information and knowledge on their subjects. This information then allows a

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