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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYC 3325
Professor
John Usher
Semester
Fall

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Bretts Childhood  His recent inability to maintain an erection when making love to his wife was the immediate reason for his seeking therapy  Brett didn’t have a happy childhood. His mother died suddenly when he was only 6 and for the next 10 yrs he lived either with his father or with a maternal aunt. His father drank heavily and the mans moods were extremely variable; he had even been hospitalized with a diagnosis of manic depressive psychosis  Brett often became depressed for no apparent reason and sometimes this was followed by periods of manic  He felt self conscious with ppl who he felt had authority over him and he was esp sensitive about his clothes which were old compared to his peers  He entered the police academy and he had hopes that his badge and uniform would give him the instant respect that he seemed incapable of earning on his own  He wondered if he was actually avoiding the responsibility of having a child  He attacked her both verbally and physically about her alleged infidelity and then got help  Psychopathology- the field concerned with the nature and development of abnormal beh thoughts and feelings  Challenge in studying abnormal psych is the need to remain objective  Abnormal psysh is most popular but it has one distinct disadvantage which is that all of us bring to your study preconceived notions of what the subject matter is WHAT IS ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY?  Challenge is how to define it  Abnormal beh- patterns of emotion, thought and action deemed pathological for one or more of the following reasons: infrequent occurrence, violation of norms, personal distress, disability or dysfunction and unexpectedness Statistical infrequency  One aspect of abnormal beh is that its infrequent  Normal curve or bell shaped curve- places majority o
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