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Chapter 1

Chapter 1 Notes


Department
Psychology
Course Code
PSYB32H3
Professor
Konstantine Zakzanis
Chapter
1

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PSYB32 – Textbook Notes
DIDN’T READ THE BRAIN SECTION OF THE NOTES
CHAPTER 1
What is abnormal behaviour?
-Defined as having the follow characteristics: Statistical infrequency, violation of norms,
personal distress, disability/dysfunction, unexpectedness
Statistical Infrequency
Behaviour that isinfrequent
Deviation from the normal curve which is what most people fall under.
Used explicitly in diagnosing mental retardation
Violation of Norms
Weather the behaviour violates social norms or threatens/makes anxious those that are
observing it.
Cultural diversity can effect how people view cultural norms
Personal Distress
Does the behaviour cause the person distress?
some disorders do not involve personal distress, like psychopaths are cold but feel no guilt
Disability or Dysfunction
Impairment in some form of life because of an abnormaility
substance use disorders
ex. Transvestites are considered a mental disorder but suffer no disability
Unexpectedness
Distress is considered abnormal when it is an unexpected response to an environmental
stressor
ex. A person anxious about his finances when he is well off.
The Mental Health Professions
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