Psy410 Historical Perspectives in Abnormal Psychology

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Historical Perspectives of Abnormal Psychology


Historical Perspectives of Abnormal Psychology

No meaning of abnormality has been completely approved by the psychological community. However, having knowledge of unusual mindset is important to evaluating one’s conduct in deciding what a meaning must be (Hansell & Damour, 2008). Unusual conduct is usually regarded as conduct which is the opposite of social norms, with usual conduct being the very opposite. In this ability, it's particularly important to analyze the topic of unusual mindset so as to correctly categorize usual and unusual conduct. This paper will analyze the roots of unusual mindset as well as the problems to defining as well as classifying usual as well as unusual conduct. It will also examine the development of unusual mindset as well as how it has developed into a scientific field. Finally, this document will examine the psychosocial, sociocultural, and biological/medical theoretical models relevant to the growth of unusual psychology. Origins of Abnormal Psychology

Abnormal psychology, as a discipline, has only been considered a scientific discipline for a little over 100 years. However, people have been trying to find explanations to account for abnormal behavior since the beginning of mankind (Damour & Hansell, 2008). Stories of behavior exhibiting characteristics similar to what is found in depression and schizophrenia have been recorded throughout history since before biblical times. One of the earliest known explanations for mental illness in primitive cultures was animism. Animism predicated on the belief in the power of the spirit world, and according to this view, mental affliction was associated with possession by an evil or hateful spirit. Archeologists have documented evidence of a treatment called trephination as early as 3000 BCE. This medical procedure consisted of boring holes into the skull to release the offending spirit (Hansell & Damour, 2008). Although the...
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