What is normal?



psychopathology = wrong mind 

Example of abnormality: The Naked Rambler

  • a guy and his girlfriend travel around the world on foot whilst being naked
  • links to religion
  • stigma around being naked
  • abnormal
  • cultural differences and and cultural norms 

statistical frequency = the average for a population is 'normal' because it is majority, being statistically infrequent is 'abnormal' as its not in the average

strenths - can be seen as objective

weaknesses - statistics always change, can single out minorities 

failure to function adequately = inability to cope with everyday activities, inablility to perform daily tasks such as washing are often diagnosed with psychological disorders

weaknesses - poor classification

deviation from ideal mental


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