Psychological Abnormality; Deviation from ideal mental health- Jahoda

Psychological Abnormality; Deviation from ideal mental health- Jahoda's criteria

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Psychological Abnormality; Deviation from ideal me

Psychological Abnormality; Deviation from ideal mental health

 Jahoda's criteria

Jahoda identified six criteria necessary for ideal mental health. She suggested that if you lack one of these criteria you may suffer from a mental disorder;

1)Positive attitudes towards yourself
2)Self actualisation of ones potential
3)resistance to stress
4)personal autonomy
5)accurate perception of reality
6)adapting to the enviroment

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Jahodas Criteria

Jahodas Criteria;

1)Possitive attitudes towards yourself

-Having reasonably high self esteem
-Have a feeling of self-worth

Without being big headed or attention seeking.

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Jahodas Criteria

Jahodas Criteria;

2)Self actualisation of ones potential

-Be the best you can be

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Jahodas Criteria

Jahodas Criteria;

3)Resistance to stress

-Must be able to deal with everyday stresses and strains
-Must be flexable in their ability to work through potentially difficult situations

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Jahodas Criteria

Jahodas Criteria;

4)Personal autonomy

-Being independent
-Not relying on others all the time

 

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Jahodas Criteria

Jahodas Criteria

5)Accurate perception of reality

-View of the world must not be disorted in any way
For example; you dont think everyone is untrustworthy or watching them; parania.

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Jahodas Criteria

Jahodas Criteria

6)Adpating to the enviroment

-Ability to cope in new situations/enviroments
For example; you must act differently at weddinsg to funderals and adapt to the 'normal' way of acting.

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Jahodas Criteria; Limitations and strengths

Jahodas Criteria; Limitations

1) Number of the criteria are hard to meet

2)What is concidered mantally healthy varies across cultures

Strength;

1)It emphasises what is healthy rather than concentrating on illnesses.

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