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Abnormal psychology

Definition of the noun abnormal psychology

What does abnormal psychology mean as a name of something?


  1. the branch of psychology concerned with abnormal behavior

Alternative definition of the noun abnormal psychology


  1. The academic study of persons whose psychological characteristics deviate from the norm.
  2. An instance of a person having psychological characteristics that deviate from the norm.


  1. "Abnormal Psychology" is a book by Thomas F. Oltmanns.
    • also known as "Abnormal Psychology (3rd Edition)", "Case studies in abnormal psychology"
    • subjects: Psychology, Internal medicine
  2. "Abnormal Psychology" is a book by Ronald J. Comer.
    • subjects: Psychiatry, Internal medicine, Reference, Psychology
  3. "Abnormal Psychology" is a book by Susan Nolen-Hoeksema.
  4. "Abnormal Psychology" is a book by Isador Coriat.
  5. "Abnormal Psychology" is a book by Robert Carson.

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Abnormal psychology is the branch of psychology that studies unusual patterns of behavior, emotion and thought, which may or may not be understood as precipitating a mental disorder. Although many behaviours could be considered as abnormal, this branch of psychology generally deals with behavior in a clinical context. There is a long history of attempts to understand and control behavior deemed to be aberrant or deviant, and there is often cultural variation in the approach taken. The field of abnormal psychology identifies multiple causes for different conditions, employing diverse theories from the general field of psychology and elsewhere, and much still hinges on what exactly is meant by "abnormal". There has traditionally been a divide between psychological and biological explanations, reflecting a philosophical dualism in regard to the mind body problem. There have also been different approaches in trying to classify mental disorders. Abnormal includes three different categories, they are subnormal, supernormal and paranormal.

  • also known as 異常心理學

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Google previewA Student's Dictionary of Psychology (2013)

by Nicky Hayes, Peter Stratton

abnormal psychology The psychology of abnormal behaviour. This term ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology (2011)

by Shane J. Lopez

Private practice, Houston, Texas Abnormal psychology is the area of psychological investigation concerned with understanding the nature of individual pathologies of the mind, mood, and behavior. It addresses dysfunction associated with ...

Google previewThe Concise Dictionary of Psychology (2002)

by David Statt

abnormal psychology The field of psychology that investigates and deals with behaviour regarded as abnormal. See also clinical psychology, psychiatry, psychoanalysis and psychopathology. abre action The relief of ...

Google previewThe Norton Dictionary of Modern Thought (1999)

by Alan Bullock

ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY not be hit in return. For further reading: A. Karp, Ballistic Missile Proliferation (1996). l.T. abnormal psychology. The branch of psychology concerned with the abnormal behaviour and functioning of organisms.

Google previewA Dictionary of Psychology (2015)

by Andrew M. Colman

See also abnormal psychology. abnormal psychology n. A branch of psychology devoted to the study of the classification, aetiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of *mental disorders and disabilities. Also called psychopathology.

Google previewDictionary of Biological Psychology (2003)

by Philip Winn

Abnormal Psychology, 6th edn, ...

Google previewMacmillan Dictionary of Psychology (1991)

by Stuart Sutherland

abnormal psychology. The branch of psychology devoted to the diagnosis, care, and treatment of the mentally ill, mentally disturbed, or mentally retarded, and to systematic research on these conditions. aboulia. A variant ...

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