Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Shared Boundaries of Normal and Abnormal Behavior

Alyssa Brandt

January 9, 2010

The Shared Boundaries of Normal and Abnormal Behavior


Vagrancy –state of a person in poverty, who wanders from place to place without a home or regular employment or income

Tautological – unneccesary/rhetorical


“…and emphasizes the power of expectation and labeling.”

Dehumanizing – “a manic depressive” rather than “a person with bipolar disorder”

The number statistics of number of people with disorders who committed murder compared to the number of murders committed could be shocking for some people.

The very blurred line between abnormal and normal is apparent.

Extending the laws to overseas – I’m sure that other countries have different policies for mentally ill patients. Are there any good resources for such laws?

One must consider the cultural implications – social status and other features of the individuals demographic- in order to make a more accurate diagnosis.

In the end, it’s a really complex issue to make the decisions of what is normal and what isn’t, and how the media/incidents shape how those people are diagnosed.

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