Abnormal and abnormality
At the first encounter, abnormal and abnormality appear to be the same thing. When an individual
refers to something as abnormal, he or she refers to something that is not typical or normal in the society.
A person who is considered abnormal, therefore, as attributes that make him or her different. The attributes
that make one different in the community are often mental and emotional functions. Saying something or
someone is abnormal then also refers to that is normal only that are certain aspects that deviate from it.
What is abnormal therefore is based on certain aspects. One of the aspects is culture, social standards that
the norms in a particular society. There are certain parameters that must be met for something to be
considered normal in the society. Otherwise, it is abnormal.
Abnormality is the condition in which a person might be in that is not considered typical or normal.
For instance, a child who might be suffering from autism disorder might be classified as abnormal in the
society. The disorder that the child suffers from, in this case, autism is the abnormality. Abnormality is the
condition that is not typical in the society and also deviates from norms and expected functions.
According to (Hooley, 2017), abnormal people do not show certain capabilities. This is because
they do not possess certain attributes that would lead to perfection in what they do. common people who
are considered to normal with normal states of psychology have efficient perception to reality. The
definitions of abnormal and abnormality align in the sense that there are certain aspects of attributes that
define the two words.
The two statements have changed my understanding in that I thought abnormality is the sense of
being abnormal, but with the definitions well outlined, I can be able to tell the conditions that define whether
one is abnormal or not in the society.