Historical Perpectives on Abnormal Psychology Essay

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Historical Perspectives of Abnormal Psychology PSY/410 Abnormal Psychology University of Phoenix Abnormal psychology is a branch of psychology that is the academic and applied subfield involving the scientific study of abnormal experience and behavior, and which has the goal of changing or clarifying abnormal patterns of functioning. Forms of abnormal behavior can be found in connection such as things like neuroses, psychoses or mental retardation. The following text will cover the origins of abnormal psychology, how abnormal psychology as evolved into a scientific discipline, and analyze the psychosocial, biological/medical, and sociocultural theoretical models related to the development of abnormal psychology. Origins of Abnormal Psychology People have been trying to define and change what is considered abnormal behavior for thousands of years. Throughout the years abnormalities have been blamed or attributed to mostly either supernatural, biological, or psychological reasons. When abnormalities and abnormal behavior was first being looked at it was initially thought to be caused by demons, spirits, planetary influences or astral influences. For example, in the Stone Ages when someone was consistently exhibiting abnormal behavior, a hole was drilled into their head to allow and escape route for the evil spirit that was causing them to act differently than was considered the norm. Ancient Chinese, Egyptian and Hebrew cultures believed that abnormal behavior was a punishment from God who sent evil demons to that individual and that person would then need an exorcism to rid them of the evil spirit that was causing their abnormal behavior. Later on during the 16th century Paracelsus who was a Swiss Astrologer, believed that mental disorders and abnormal behavior were due to the movements of the moon and stars in addition to demons and evil spirits. Later on,
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