CheckPoint: Normal vs. Abnormal Behavior

April 1, 2011

The definition of Normal is so broad, even when you pinpoint it to a specific topic.  When considering behavior and the norm, it will solely depend on the standards surrounding.  What is common and ordinary from an individual’s dwelling would be considered normal behavior.

A precise way of describing abnormal behavior would be: abnormality as deviation from the normal.  This is the notion that any rare or infrequent deviation from what normal society is doing, is considered abnormal.  Consequently, a person with a high IQ can be considered abnormal just because he is not in the average IQ range.  This would make him more intelligent not abnormal, therefore this conclusion is inefficient.   Another way deemed to describe abnormal behavior is, abnormality as a sense of personal discomfort.  This suggest the notion that behavior is abnormal, when any type of self inflicted apprehension or grief is exhibited.  This form of behavior is labeled as a “psychological consequence”, so reports can easily be self altered to being normal when abnormal behavior is evident.   Thus, this prediction of abnormality is relevant but not wholly adequate.

The psychoanalytic perspective on abnormality assumes that abnormal behavior stems from Adolescent stages of nurturing.  As a child is conflicted with issues that arise, distress and discomfort that develops can go unresolved and further cause future abnormal behavior.  The behavioral perspective on abnormality, focuses on the general behavior causing the imbalance.  This perspective ignores the psychoanalytical and inner thoughts point of view and focuses mainly on behavior acquired by environment, thus making it abnormal.

Finally, the cognitive approached theory proposes that instead of external stimuli, one’s inner thoughts and emotions (cognition) manipulate abnormal behavior.

–Quote author educated-MS






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