What’s normal?

One of the key ideas of the Abnormal Psychology option is that normality and abnormality are not inherent qualities of a particular action, but rely heavily on context and the interpretation placed on them. This presents problems for diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders, and underpins questions in the exam, such as "Discuss the validity and reliability of diagnosis".  The fact is that what is considered psychologically normal depends on the society and culture in which a person lives. There ...