Deviation from ideal mental health

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  • Deviation from ideal mental health
    • Jahoda identified 6 characteristics of ideal mental health
      • self-attitudes - high self esteem
      • personal growth - achieve their full potential
      • integration - being able to cope with stressful situations
      • autonomy - making own decisions, being in control
      • accurate perception of reality
      • adaptation to environment
    • this definition proposes that the absence of these criteria indicates abnormality
    • Limitations
      • according to this definition, all of us are abnormal to some degree, as it's unusual to find people that satisfy all the criteria all the time
      • Cultural relativism - most of these criteria are culture-bound
        • some criteria e.g. self-actualisation are relevant to members of individualistic cultures but not those of collectivist cultures


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