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By Ronald J. Comer

The 8th version of the bestselling irregular Psychology engages scholars with its built-in assurance of thought, analysis, and remedy; its inclusive wide-ranging cross-cultural point of view, and its concentrate on the real-life impression of psychological ailment. Containing the most recent learn, irregular Psychology returns in a well timed new version.

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2000). have difficulty coping at various times and go through periods of extreme tension, dejection, or other forms of psychological discomfort. It is tempting to conclude that something about the modern world is responsible for these many emotional problems—perhaps rapid technological change, the growing threat of terrorism, or a decline in religious, family, or other support systems (North, 2010; Comer & Kendall, 2007) (see PsychWatch above). , 2010). Every society, past and present, has witnessed psychological abnormality.

While many definitions of abnormality have been proposed over the years, none has won total acceptance (Pierre, 2010). Still, most of the definitions have certain features in common, often called “the four Ds”: deviance, distress, dysfunction, and danger. That is, patterns of psychological abnormality are typically deviant (different, extreme, unusual, perhaps even bizarre), distressing (unpleasant and upsetting to the person), dysfunctional (interfering with the person’s ability to conduct daily activities in a constructive way), and possibly dangerous.

PsychWatch Positive Psychology: Happiness Is All Around Us J © Azita Panahpour udging from many Web sites, TV news shows, and the spread of self-help books, you might think that happiness is rare. But there’s good news. indd 18 indicates that people’s lives are, in general, more joyful than we think. In fact, most people around the world say they’re happy—including most of those who are poor, unemployed, elderly, and disabled (Bakalar, 2010; ­Becchetti & Santoro, 2007; Pugno, 2007). Men and women are equally likely to declare themselves satisfied or very happy.

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