Normal vs. Abnormal Behavior
What is normal behavior? Normal behavior differs from one person to the next. It may be normal for one person to talk to themselves while another person finds this abnormal. To me, normal behavior is dealing with each day as it comes. Most people have a routine they follow. This could be going to work and being productive, staying home doing chores, or in school learning new things. Normality is an individual preference. If a person does not agree with something it does not make it wrong. Society, on the other hand, has its own idea of normal behavior. It was once considered abnormal for people of color to marry Caucasians, or two people of the same gender getting married. Over time things and ideas change, what was once considered abnormal is now accepted. Abnormality: Inability to function effectively. This definition explains that if a person cannot hold a job or interact socially with others they are not productive members of society which makes them abnormal. Abnormality: A sense of personal discomfort. This definition explains that if a behavior produces personal distress, anxiety, guilt, or is harmful to others it is abnormal. Psychoanalytical perspective argues that psychological disorders are created from childhood conflicts. Behavioral perspective states that abnormal behaviors are learned responses. Cognitive perspective states that people’s thoughts and beliefs about themselves and their environment can create psychological disorders.
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