I would like the entire class to identify behaviors that you consider “normal” and “abnormal.” Please post a response to this message that includes at least three “normal” and three “abnormal” behaviors and the reasoning for your classifications
What is normal? Is it majority rules, is it subjective, is it relative; or is normality dictated by some code, some moral code external to ourselves. I don’t know. I just thought it was important to question what is normal before we start espousing our standards of normality. To the question though, I guess I would consider a marriage relationship, actively seeking one’s God, and spending time with family normal behaviors. Conversely, abnormal behaviors might include suicide, extreme depression, and hearing voices. When I classify these behaviors as normal or abnormal I am mainly pulling from my own experiences. For instance, in some Islamic sects suicide (suicide bombers) might be perfectly normal. But in my experience suicide is abnormal behavior. Likewise, I have had bouts with mild depression in my life, brought on by life events, but I have never experienced extreme depression. Although I will say that depression is becoming more and more normal in the United States these days. Also, I have never heard voices myself, but in many domestic religions speaking with God is common. For me, normal behaviors are exemplified by my everyday experiences; marriage, God, family. That is a very narrow view of normality though.
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