Defining Normal and Abnormal Behavior

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... Continue Reading →

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Example of the Scientific Method in Action

Plainly stated the scientific method involves taking an observation, asking a question about that observation, brainstorming possible answers culminating in the most probable answer, quantitatively testing that answer, and finally coming to a conclusion as to whether the most probable answer is the best answer given the test results. At that point, if the most... Continue Reading →

Models of Abnormality

Psychologists use several different models to explain abnormal behavior. These different models have created shifts in values and beliefs as well as improvements in clinical research. These differences in ideas mean that the different models are sometimes in conflict with one another. People who follow one model often point out where another model fails in... Continue Reading →

Having a Background in Psychology

Post your response to the following: Psychology has many applications in our lives, both professionally and personally. How can having a background in psychology help you in your professional life? How can it help you in your personal life? My goal in acquiring a degree in psychology is so that I can become certified to... Continue Reading →

How Does ADHD Differ From Disruptive Behavior Disorder

Post your response to the following: Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a growing concern in the United States. How does ADHD differ from disruptive behavior disorder? How can these two disorders affect a classroom? Do you believe doctors over-prescribe medication for ADHD? Explain your answer. As I was reading about disruptive behavior disorder I was thinking... Continue Reading →

How Do Phobias Differ From Fears

Post your response to the following questions: How do phobias differ from fears? What types of phobias affect a person’s ability to function normally in society? How is his or her ability to function in society affected? What can cause a person to develop a phobia? The differences between phobias and normal fears center on... Continue Reading →

The Four “Ds” of Abnormal Psychology

Post your response to the following: No single definition of psychological abnormality has been completely accepted by the psychological community. Many of the definitions include common features, known as "the four Ds." What are the four Ds? Briefly describe each one. How can culture determine what is considered abnormal? Cite specific examples. The four D’s... Continue Reading →

The Nature-Nurture Issue

Why is it flawed to ask how much of a particular behavior is due to genetics and how much is due to experience? It is nonsensical to ask how much genetics and experience contribute to human behavior because they collectively supply the basis for behavior. In the text, I particularly liked the illustration of the... Continue Reading →

Bio-psychology and Its Theoretical Framework

Post your response to the following: In your own words, describe biopsychology and its theoretical framework. The theoretical framework for biopsychology reads like a laundry list of psychological theories; genetics, experience, perceptions. These three sound eerily like the psychodynamic theory, the behaviorist tradition, and social-cognitive theory. Add to that physiology and biopsychology seems to encompass... Continue Reading →

History of Modern Personality Psychology

Directions: Using the matrix, list at least five events or major concepts from each of the three periods in the history of modern personality psychology. 1930 - 1950 †Up until the 1930s American psychology was considered nomothetic because it only tested general principals and laws of behavior. On the other hand, personality theorists pointed to... Continue Reading →

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