1. “What is normal?”
-> What does abnormal mean?
-> Abnormality in behaviour is different from abnormality in an individual
-> norms are created based on culture, time period, majority
->dictionary definition – n. Norm: “that which is a model or a pattern; a type, a standard” | “a
standard or pattern of social behaviour that is expected or accepted”
-> dictionary definition – n. Mores: “the shared habits, manners and customs of a community”
-> are some people more normal than others?
-> Changing ideas of normal – all of us end up with choices and strategies about conforming or
-> Issues of mental health and illness [there is a lot of judgement and stigma surrounding these
-> where does “normal” come from? -> turn this into a problem to investigate
2. Social Conventions
-> Expectations [have a deep root in our culture, not just coming from those around us; violation
of the “unwritten rules” result in relatively severe punishme