Abnormal Psychology and Therapy
PSY/300 - General Psychology
September 13th 2012
This paper will discuss the normal and abnormal forms of psychology and how it can affect one’s ability to function in different settings. To show the differences of the different forms of psychology, this paper will also discuss two mental disorders that will be examined from a psychological viewpoint. By observing the mental disorders, it will be explained the similarities and differences of how different thoughts of psychology are used to treat and possibly try to cure mental illnesses that many people unfortunately suffer from.
Motivation is a highly important consideration when deciding if a behavior is normal versus abnormal. By focusing on conscious purposes and intrinsic values, we usually can demonstrate that much of what Freud called an abnormal expression of unconscious personality dynamics is really a normal expression of unconventional values (Psychology today).
Both abnormal, and normal psychology deal with behavior, even if the behavior is typical or not. Different cultures have different beliefs that make certain behaviors more typical than some. Someone may see a behavior as abnormal to their culture but it may be considered normal within another culture.
Abnormal psychology is a branch of psychology, in which people acquire information from a person’s behavior and then measures the behavior to hypothesize a cause and then find the treatment best for the behavior. There are core concepts that say the many causes why people have abnormal behavior, understanding this can help lead to learning about, understanding, and treating abnormal behavior. These multiple behaviors can help to better understand by learning about the biological, psychosocial, and sociocultural theoretical models which are related to the development of what may be considered abnormal behavior.
Abnormal psychology covers a large range of disorders such as...