How do you define normal and abnormal behavior


Psy 410 DQs

Mental illness has been the focal point of many major motion pictures including One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest   and   A Beautiful Mind . To further our discussion of how mental illness is portrayed by the media, I would like for each one of you to select a major motion picture concerning mental illness and discuss whether or not it accurately portrays mental illness. Please try not to duplicate movies other student’s have posted about. Please post your response to this thread.

How do you define normal and abnormal behavior? What factors influence your definitions? Why?

I would like the entire class to identify a type of fear (e.g., fear of heights, fear of snakes, fear of germs, fear of flying). Then, based on your selected fear, answer the following questions:

  • How could a person develop this fear?
  • Could this fear arise in some other way?
  • Can such fears be explained through principles of classic conditioning? If so, how? If not, why not?

Why is it more difficult to identify abnormal behavior among children than among adults?

What is the difference between use, abuse, and dependence? Why is it important to understand this difference?

How has society encouraged addictions? Provide examples in your response

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