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Definitions of abnormality: The deviation from ideal
mental health

The deviation from ideal mental health is the failure to meet the criteria for
perfect psychological well-being.

This definition perceives abnormality in a similar way to the perception of physical health and looks
for an absence of well-being.

Marie Jahoda (1958)…

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Cultural relativism ­ definitions of what is
`normal functioning' vary from culture to
culture and are equally valid

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