defining abnormality

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  • Defining abnormality
    • Deviation from statistical norms
      • objective, anything statistically rare
      • Doesn't work for depression and anxiety where they are becoming increasingly more common
    • Deviation from social norms
      • Behaviour that does not fit in culturally  and societies norms
      • Societies norms change over time and are culturally bound for example Homosexuals
    • Deviation from ideal mental health
      • Jahoda: no signs of distress,self actualise, good self esteem, realistic outlook, can work successfully
      • Difficult  to fulfil all criteria
    • Failure to function adequately
      • Anyone who shows signs of psychological distress, be it at home or at work.
      • Reductionist , there are other factors involved


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