Abnormal Psychology (8th Edition) by Ronald J. Comer

By Ronald J. Comer

The 8th version of the bestselling irregular Psychology engages scholars with its built-in insurance of concept, prognosis, and remedy; its inclusive wide-ranging cross-cultural point of view, and its specialize in the real-life effect of psychological ailment. Containing the newest examine, irregular Psychology returns in a well timed re-creation.

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Dance, and go into convulsions (Waller, 2009; Sigerist, 1943). Some dressed oddly; others tore off their clothing. All were convinced that they had been bitten and possessed by a wolf spider, now called a tarantula, and they sought to cure their disorder by performing a dance called a tarantella. In another form of mass madness, lycanthropy, people thought they were possessed by wolves or other animals. They acted wolflike and imagined that fur was growing all over their bodies. Not surprisingly, some of the earlier demonological treatments for psychological abnormality reemerged during the Middle Ages.

Many theorists point to disproportionate media coverage of violent crimes as a major cause of crime phobia, particularly given that crime anxiety seems to keep rising even while actual crime rates are falling (Bean, 2011; ­Stearns, 2006). “Cyber Fear” Many people live in fear of computer crashes, server overloads, or computer It could have happened This ­powerful explosion was staged by the FBI in 2010 to show what would have resulted had a terrorist car bombing attempt succeeded in crowded Times Square a few months earlier.

According to Szasz, the deviations that society calls abnormal are simply “problems in living,” not signs of something wrong within the person. Societies, he is convinced, invent the concept of mental illness so that they can better control or change people whose unusual patterns of functioning upset or threaten the social order. Even if we assume that psychological abnormality is a valid concept and that it can indeed be defined, we may be unable to apply our definition consistently. If a behavior—excessive use of alcohol among college students, say—is familiar enough, the society may fail to recognize that it is deviant, distressful, dysfunctional, and dangerous.

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