Abnormality - Paper

Topics: Abnormal psychology, Behavior, Family Pages: 4 (1355 words) Published: December 11, 2012
Many people of the society have been called abnormal. Do they mean that they are crazy or weird? How can a person be categorized as abnormal? The study of abnormal thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, or psychopathology, can be depended on the opinions of different cultures throughout the ages. Archaeologists have found human skulls from 3,000 B.C.E. that showed surgical techniques from the ancient times. Ancient people believed that the reason the victim was behaving oddly were because they were possessed by evil spirits. In order to release evil spirit in the victim, holes would have to be cut into the skull of a living person which is called trepanning. Whether or a not a person’s behavior, thoughts, or feelings is abnormal or not, it depends on who ever is making the judgment and since everyone’s opinion is different, an abnormal behavior or abnormality is not an easy task to identify. According to the first situation, “Your grandmother believes that part of her body is missing and cries out about this missing part all day long. You show her the part that is missing but she refuses to acknowledge this contradictory information,” I believe her behavior is abnormal. The first thing that drew my attention of the grandma’s abnormality is her being delusional or psychotic. Delusional is a sensory experience of something that does not exist outside the mind. The grandma thought that a part of her body is missing and then denies that it’s actually there after her body part is shown to her. Experiencing hallucinations may be dangerous because she may be reckless to herself. If this continues it can lead to Dysfunction because believing a false statement can affect an everyday living since the grandma cries about her missing body part all day. Another situation is “Your neighbor has vague physical complaints and sees 2-3 doctors weekly.” I believe that this is abnormal because she is constantly complains about something she is unsure about. This can be a sign of...
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