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 concept, prognosis, and therapy; its inclusive wide-ranging cross-cultural viewpoint, and its specialize in the real-life influence of psychological sickness. Containing the most recent learn, irregular Psychology returns in a well timed re-creation.

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Tries to produce certain changes in the sufferer’s emotional state, attitudes, and behavior. (Frank, 1973, pp.  . not Recently, a hotel in Spain that was about to undergo major renovations invited members of the public to relieve their stress by destroying the rooms on one floor of the hotel. This activity may indeed have been therapeutic for some, but it was not therapy. It lacked, among other things, a “trained healer” and a series of systematic contacts between healer and sufferer. Despite this straightforward definition, clinical treatment is surrounded by conflict and confusion.

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. Weeks suggests that eccentrics do not typically suffer from mental disorders.

In 1547, for example, Bethlehem Hospital was given to the city of London by Henry VIII for the sole purpose of confining the mentally ill. In this asylum patients bound in chains cried out for all to hear. The hospital even became a popular tourist attraction; people were eager to pay to look at the howling and gibbering inmates. The hospital’s name, pronounced “Bedlam” by the local people, has come to mean a chaotic uproar (Selling, 1940). Such asylums remained a widely used form of “care” until the late 1700s.

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