George T. Jackson University of Phoenix Introduction to Psychopathology Psych 515 Dr. Jacqueline Gatewood, Facilitator
Introduction to Psychopathology Paper This paper will analyze the contemporary and the historic points concerning abnormal behavior, and psychopathology. In doing so I will reveal the origins of abnormal psychology and how over time it has evolved into a scientific discipline. Further I will briefly discuss the theoretical viewpoints and interpretations of the biological, psychosocial, and the socio-cultural factors. The Origins of Abnormal Psychology. Abnormal psychology is the in-depth study of all humans that cannot develop and function under normal circumstances. What causes abnormal behaviors in individuals, it varies form: genetics, physical conditioning, social interactions, learning, and reasoning (Butcher, 2010). The origins of abnormal behavior dates back well over a half million years ago and was practiced by Stone Age cave dwellers, who recognized that there was something transpiring in the brain of those individuals who complained of severe headaches, and oftentimes experienced convulsive attacks. The treatment that the Shaman or the medicine man that practice was known as “trephining.” This consisted of using a crude stone instrument that would chip away at parts of the skull forming a circular hole that would allow the evil spirit which was considered to be the cause of the trouble to escape (Butcher, 2010). These primitive beings could came up with such cleaver devises, shows the advancement of man, and his natural ability to develop. One would
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