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  1. Introduction
  2. History of abnormal psychology
  3. Social categorization of behavior
  4. Hypothetical models of abnormal psychology
  5. Conclusion

Psychopathology or abnormal psychology is the study of mental illness. For the duration of earlier centuries a variety of methods were executed by psychologists and employed in order to aid individuals from distress due to their psychological abnormalities. It must be understood that normal behavior is weigh against abnormal behavior in order to generate an inventory of what a culture or social order recognizes to be normal behaviors. Various aspects affects one's behaviors and theorists tackle the foundational notions of what are normal or abnormal behaviors by way of examination into cultural, multiple casualties, historical relativism and the associations involving the psyche and the physical being.

Throughout the last century, abnormal psychology has found a solid foundation within development, alterations, and debate. However, quite a few ideas stay as chief factors. One of which is that behavior can be defined, classified, explained, and treated (Hansell & Damour, 2008). Through the many years of research and examination gives aid to psychologists by supporting them with a enhanced knowledge into abnormal behaviors. Core concepts assist in providing bearing and understanding the proceedings of an individual's behavior. The regular measure for defining abnormality is in search of aid, illogicality, deviance, dangerousness, noteworthy impairment and emotional anguish (Hansell & Damour, 2008).

[...] Normal People. Social Research, vol issues p 221- Hansell, J., Damour, L. (2008). Abnormal Psychology. (2nd ed). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Meyer, R.G., Chapman, L.K., Weaver, C.M. (2009). Case studies in abnormal behavior. (8th ed). [...]

[...] Sigmund Freud's psychoanalytical model created a broader range of psychodynamic direction within the abnormal psychology of this day and age (Myer, Chapman & Weaver, 2009). Many other theorists such as Bandura, Jung, Skinner, and so many others also gave abnormal psychology key donations. There are diverse hypothetical models some of which are psychosocial, biological, medical, and socio-cultural. They give special donations, enlightenment, and aids for dealing with abnormal behaviors. Reductionism was used in prior years and put weight onto a single model in order to give clarification and aid to a disorder. [...]

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