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Abnormal Psychology

  1. Andrew R. Getzfeld

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0002

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Getzfeld, A. R. 2010. Abnormal Psychology. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–4.

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  1. New Jersey City University

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


A number of laypeople will be more than happy to say that they know when someone is suffering from mental illness and that they know abnormal behavior when they see it. They purport to be experts on abnormal psychology, with the ability to recognize and perhaps even diagnose abnormality in their fellow human beings. Of course, many of these individuals are incorrect. Here is an example.


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