Abnormality refers to behavior that is deviant, maladaptive, or personally distressful. Being abnormal entails having thoughts, behavior, feelings that are inappropriate to situation demands (maladaptive), which are disruptive to self and to others, and which brings discomfort to self and others. Before getting much into writing about abnormality it is important to define ‘abnormal’. How can we define normal behavior? The following approaches enhance the determination of whether a person’s behavior is abnormal or not:
In conclusion, none of the definitions gives a complete description of abnormality. The legal definition declares one insane if he/she is not able to distinguish between right and wrong, but psychologists do not employ this criterion.