p. 1008. What happens when things go wrong? Abnormal psychology
- Gillian Butler
- and McManus Freda
Abnormal psychology is concerned with behaviour that is atypical, and with mental disorders and disabilities. Studying normal behaviour helps in understanding abnormal behaviour. ‘What happens when things go wrong? Abnormal Psychology’ looks at how we define ‘abnormal’ behaviour, categorize it, and attempt to understand it. Differentiating abnormal from normal behaviour is not straightforward; behaviour that is normal in one situation might be regarded as abnormal in another. Many factors contribute to abnormal behaviour, including genetics, brain structure, early experiences, learning history, unconscious conflicts, recent stressful events, and thinking styles. Despite the difficulties in defining abnormal behaviour, abnormal psychology has contributed much to the development of effective interventions and treatments.