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  • Deviation from Social Norms:
  • Unwritten rules that members of society regard as being normal and acceptable and any deviation from them is considered abnormal behaviour.
  • Behaviour that may be unpredictable, and cause observers discomfort and is seen as unacceptable and undesirable.
  • For example obsessive hand washing or repetition of an action for sufferers of OCD like checking the back door 20 times before going to bed.

:( this definition has been criticised for being very subjective. Norms differ over time periods and over different cultures and countries, so therefore it is difficult to establish what is a norm. For example, if one was homosexual in the 1960s, they were seen as abnormal and often institutionalised, but in modern


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