Abnormal behavior is a deviation from typical behavior that is labeled by society. It is maladaptive and it interferes with a person’s ability to function in a situation. Lastly, abnormal behavior is characterized by perceptual or cognitive dysfunction. Judgments of abnormality vary from society to society. Society norms grow from its particular culture its history, values, institutions, habits skills, and technology. But all share the same judgments and that is the Circumstances as well as cultural norm. Although their general goals are similar to those of other scientific professionals, clinical scientists and practitioners face problems that make their work especially difficult. There have many views that describe abnormality
deviant, which could come under (different, extreme, unusual, and bizarre) B)
distressing, (unpleasant and upsetting to the person)
dysfunctional (interfering with the person’s ability to conduct daily activities in constructive way) D)
dangerous (to self and others, behavior that is consistently carless, hostile, placing others in themselves or those around them at risk
Psychodynamic: When I think of the theories of abnormal behavior Sigmud Freud comes to mind. He was convinced that the interactions between id, ego, and superego were responsible for a great deal of abnormal behavior. His hypothesized was the unresolved conflicts between them can lead to acts of abnormal behavior which starts in childhood.
Humanistic school- a result of people being too sensitive to the criticisms and judgments of others. This lack of acceptance may result from feelings of isolation due to a lack of positive regard received as a child.
Cognitive school- views abnormal behavior as the result of abnormal thought. Distortions in the cognitive process lead to misperceptions and misinterpretations of the world which lead to abnormal behavior. The cognitive approach to treatment involves changing the contents of thoughts or...
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