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

By Ronald J. Comer

The 8th variation of the bestselling irregular Psychology engages scholars with its built-in insurance of thought, prognosis, and therapy; its inclusive wide-ranging cross-cultural viewpoint, and its specialize in the real-life influence of psychological sickness. Containing the newest learn, irregular Psychology returns in a well timed new version.

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The dictionary defines an eccentric as a person who deviates from common behavior patterns or displays odd or whimsical behavior. But how can we separate a psychologically healthy person who has unusual habits from a person whose oddness is a symptom of psychopathology? Little research has been done on eccentrics, but a few studies offer some insights (Stares, 2005; Pickover, 1999; Weeks & James, 1995). ” Weeks pinpointed 15 characteristics common to the eccentrics in his study: nonconformity, creativity, strong curiosity, idealism, extreme interests and hobbies, lifelong awareness of being different, high intelligence, outspokenness, noncompetitiveness, unusual eating and living habits, disinterest in others’ opinions or company, mischievous sense of humor, nonmarriage, eldest or only child, and poor spelling skills.

The rates in other countries are similarly high. indd 7 12/21/11 1:53 PM 8 : chapter 1 PsychWatch Modern Pressures: Modern Problems AP Photo/FBI T he twenty-first century, like each of the centuries before it, has spawned new fears and concerns that are tied to its unique technological advances, community threats, and environmental dangers. These new fears have received relatively little study. They may or may not reflect abnormal functioning. Nevertheless, they have caught the attention of the media and clinical observers.

More theories and types of treatment exist, as do more research studies, more information, and, perhaps for these reasons, more disagreements about abnormal functioning today than at any time in the past. In some ways the study and treatment of psychological disorders have made great strides, but in other respects clinical scientists and practitioners are still struggling to make a difference. Figure 1-1 The impact of deinstitutionalization The number of patients (fewer than 40,000) now hospitalized in public mental hospitals in the United States is a small fraction of the number hospitalized in 1955.

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