Definitions of Abnormality



Statistical Infrequency

  • When an individual has a less common characteristic than is usually observed in the population, they may be defined as abnormal. 
  • Some characteristics aren't always negative, e.g. high IQ

Deviation from Social Norms

  • Behaviours that are different to the norms (accepted standards) of the society are 'abnormal'
  • Norms vary between cultures and societies so


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