- 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…