Normal Versus Abnormal Behavior

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I have my own opinion of what normal and abnormal is. I believe that normal is the acceptance from others of how you act, physically, mentally, and emotionally. I think if someone thinks differently of you whether its the way you act or how you look plays a big part of whether they think is "normal." Abnormal is acting or doing things different from others in which others may think is "weird." For example, if I am acting like a clown and saying things that others may think isn't funny then they may think I am abnormal. According to the textbook, abnormal behavior are patterns of emotion, thought, and action that are considered pathological (diseased or disoriented) for one or more of these reasons: statistical infrequency, disability or dysfunction, personal distress, or violation of norms. Another scientific definition is that "abnormal psychology is a division of psychology that studies people who are abnormal or atypical compared to the members of a given society" (McLeod, S. A. 2008). The four criterias that are to be met for behavior to be considered abnormal are statistical infrequency, disability or dysfunction, personal distress, and violation of norms. An example of statistical infrequency is believing others are plotting against you. Disability or dysfunction relates to when someone isn't able to go back to work because of an alcohol problem. Having thoughts of suicide is an example of personal distress. A violation of norms is when someone argues with a stranger. The need for multiple criteria is important to effectively evaluate behavior. We need all the information related to the situation in order to classify the abnormal behavior. For example, say a man is dressed feminally, most people would perceive him as a transvestite, but could just be that he is an actor. One criterion is not enough to accurately classify abnormal behavior. If we were to
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