Abnormal Psychology



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Abnormal Psychology

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Saul McLeod, updated Abnormal psychology is a division of psychology that studies people who are "abnormal" or "atypical" compared to the members of a given society.
The definition of the word abnormal is simple enough but applying this to psychology poses a complex problem what is normal Whose norm For what age For what culture?
The concept of abnormality is imprecise and difficult to define. Examples of abnormality can take many different forms and involve different features, so that, what at first sight seem quite reasonable definitions, turns out to be quite problematical.
There are several different ways in which it is possible to define abnormal as opposed to our ideas of what is ‘normal’.
Definitions of Abnormality



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