Discussion Question 1 due Tuesday, April 16, 2013
No single definition of psychological abnormality has been completely accepted by the psychological community. Many of the definitions include common features, known as "the four Ds." What are the four Ds? Briefly describe each one. How can culture determine what is considered abnormal? Cite specific examples.
The four D’s
* Deviance- One that differs from a norm, especially a person whose behavior and attitudes differ from accepted social standards ("Merriam-Webster Dictionary", 2013). Example: A person growing up in a house that yells everything at each other and that person as an adult does the same at home and work. Yelling instead of talk to family or co-workers. They raised that you yell at others then talk to them like a normal conversation. * Distress- Extreme anxiety, sorrow, pain, or mental suffering ("Merriam-Webster Dictionary", 2013). Example: Someone who cannot leave their home because they have anxiety around other people. * Dysfunction- Abnormal or impaired functioning, especially of a bodily system or social group ("Merriam-Webster Dictionary", 2013) Example: Someone who needs their home to be organized and clean. If a drop of water is on the counter, then the whole counter needs to be cleaned. If a washes cloth it with the towels, than the whole cabinet needs to be redone. The person cannot help but cleaning and straightening everything always because it is an obsession. * Danger- The possibility of suffering harm, or injury; Exposure or vulnerability to harm or risk ("Merriam-Webster Dictionary", 2013) Example: A person who has threaten or tried to commit suicide.
I feel no one is “normal” but there are people who are worst then others. I think our culture has enough psychiatrists, psychologists, and counselors that if something are off on a person that they can get in to talk to someone to see if they are abnormal. I feel that everyone has some sort of disorder. I have a...
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