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definitions of abnormality

how we define people who are abnormal

Omar El-kalawy

on 29 April 2010

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Definitions of abnormality
Deviation from Social norms Failure to function adequately Deviation from ideal mental health Statistical Infrequency A limitation of ideal mental health is that boundaries that stipulate what 'ideal mental health' is are not defined properly. Nearly everyone will deviate from their ideal mental health at somepoint in their lives. A limitation of social norms is that there is no clear definition of what 'normal' is or how to define normal behaviour. Also social norms change with time as people move on from historical periods and certain morals and behaviours. A limitation of failure to function adequately is that psychologists cannot agree on boundries that define what 'functioning ' and what is 'adequately'. Some behaviours can cause a 'failure to function' but is not seen as bad, e.g. firemen risking their lives to save people. A limitation of statistical infrequency is that it fails to recognise the desirability of the particular incedence. Also that the presence of abnormal behaviour in people should be rare or statistically unusual which is not the case. Its not unusual for people to exhibit some form of abnormal behaviour at some point in their life.
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