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Defining and explaining psychological abnormality

Deviation from social norms - going against society's accepted codes of behaviour
o social norms vary in different society's/cultures
This behaviour may be incomprehensible to others and could make
others feel threatened or uncomfortable
Failure to function adequately - person cannot maintain social relationships or…

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Caused by cognitive distortions e.g. Structures, content, processes and products; rational
beliefs - healthy consequences; irrational beliefs - unhealthy emotions; individual is in control
of their thoughts so abnormality is due to their faulty control
o Blames individual rather than situational factors
o Faulty thinking may not be a cause,…


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