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Abnormal Behavior in the Media
Donna Scott
Ashford University
August 27, 20122012
Learning and Assessment for the 21st Century

Abnormal Behavior-2 In today’s word Psychologists apply several criteria, individually or in combination, to determine if behavior is abnormal. Based on behavior which is: unusual, socially unacceptable or a violation of a social norm, faulty in the perception or construal of reality, significantly distressing to the individual. Psychological disorders are exhibited throughout all genres of the media industry that is used to store and deliver information or data. For audiences, disturbances of psychological functioning and behavior are so common in the media word today that a disassociation of a serious problem or, an overstatement of facts that occur. In the familiar movie, PSYCHO, the main character, Norman Bates, is a classic example of Hollywood’s description of mental illness. He epitomizes the worst in all that we fear about the mentally ill. Norman exhibits traits that positively match all of the criteria, determining abnormality; although some of his actions could be considered outside of the norm, with regard to several of the said criteria. Explaining these criteria, and how Norman is characterized within the spectrum of this generalization, will describe the positive and negative qualities of the films’ portrayal of mental illness. If I had to choose the mistakes in perceptual psychology between the nature aspect of perceptual psychology and the empirical side is a matter of how you see how humans acquire their perception. The nature aspect believes that humans are born with their perception intact. The empirical side believes that humans learn this behavior from their environment and background. There is no correct answer to the debate as experiments for both sides have considerable…...

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