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Abnormal Psychology
Charlett Thornton
July 2, 2013
Kellie Smith

There has never been a complete meaning of abnormality approved by the psychological community. “However, being able to understand and having knowledge of unusual outlook is important in assessing a person’s behavior to decide what the meaning is” (Hansell & Damour, 2008). Strange behavior is normally considered as behavior that is the opposite of the norm for society, with normal behavior being the opposite. With this ability, it’s exceptionally important to examine the topic of the strange state of mind to be able to properly classify normal and abnormal behavior. It examines the base of abnormal behavior and the issues that surround normal and abnormal
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Abnormal psychology has also had mental health diagnoses that have become more prevalent, throughout research and studies of the human behavior; such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Furthermore, mental health diagnoses have “been substantially altered over the course of several generations based on cultural, political, and scientific influences” (Damour & Hansell, 2008).
Abnormal psychology although fascinating is also very controversial due to the face facts; we cannot see most of the disorders at face value. This is a field of psychology where clinical psychologists are directly involved with their patients. Because abnormal psychology is so hard to directly diagnose it becomes a bit harder to “define whether or not the behavior is abnormal” (Damour & Hansell, 2008). There are six concepts in abnormal psychology. There is a distinct difference between normal and abnormal however this does not necessarily mean that it is negative or positive. For example; looking at someone who is on the high spectrum of intelligence doesn’t place them directly on abnormality; but could be that they are a genius. Obviously, this is an instance where falling outside of the norms is actually a thing. Abnormal psychology has three elements based on this definition: “psychological dysfunction; distress or impairment in functioning; and atypical or unexpected response” (Damour & Hansell, 2008). When trying to define

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