PSYCH 215 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Emil Kraepelin, Hypnosis, Dorothea Dix

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How would you define abnormal psychology?
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Abnormal thinking
Brain processes that are not normal
Mental illnesses
Behavior patterns that are different from other peoples
The scientific study of an abnormal behavior in an effort to describe, predict, explain, and change
abnormal patterns of functioning.
What is abnormal behavior?
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The 4 D's:
Deviant: Different from the norm; extreme, unusual, maybe even bizarre
Social norms vary across cultures, contexts
Different from what?
Ex: High IQ, or being left handed
Distress: Unpleasant and upsetting to the person
Dysfunction: Interferes with daily functioning; can interfere in multiple areas:
Danger: Risk of harm to self or others
Exception rather than the rule
Applying the 4 D's
Jose has been drinking more than usual lately
Danger; driving
Dysfunction; going to work
What is Treatment?
Treatment or Therapy: A procedure designed to change "abnormal" behavior into more "normal"
Jerome Frank: "There are three essential features to therapy"
1. A sufferer who seeks relief from the healer
2. A trained socially accepted healer
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