Psychopathology In Psychology

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The mind is a mysterious and a very complicated thing. Psychology is the scientific study of human mind and behavior with the purpose of understanding why human behave as they do. According to Medilexicon's medical dictionary, psychology is "The profession (clinical psychology), scholarly discipline (academic psychology), and science (research psychology) concerned with the behavior of humans and animals, and related mental and physiologic processes."(Nordqvist, 2014). In psychology the behavior of a person is used as the primary data to understand the mind. Experiments are conducted within a theoretical framework and hypothesis are tested and theories are approved or disapproved only after looking into empirical evidences.
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However, this definition have its limitation as rare or infrequent behavior does not distinguish between the desired and undesired behavior and also the rules of societies change according to the development and is not a constant thing. Abnormal behavior may lead to psychological disorders (psychopathology). Psychopathology is the study of psychological disorders based on methods and principles of science. Psychological disorders are mainly group into 5 main topics- anxiety disorders, somatoform disorders, mood disorders, dissociative disorders and schizophrenia. Studying abnormal psychology can avoid situations of misperception. And as these disorders are common it’s important to have an understanding as it can help the patients get extra care and attention that they need from family, friends and society. An understanding of abnormal psychology will help these patients feel more accepted in the…show more content…
Starting from the first laboratory by Wilhelm Wundt to theories by Freud and Watson and more specific fields of psychology which are based on the ideas in these theories and other historical theories. The contribution of historical figures play a vital role in the development of modern psychology. Even though, their theories does not happen to be the way they used to be, the fundamental idea of it is the root of psychology. Modern psychology is more diverse yet the psychologists still explore theories such as behaviorism, psychoanalysis, humanism and cognitive

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