Mental Disorders: Types and Causes

What is “abnormal”? Mental disorders are characterized by abnormal behaviour, thoughts and feelings “abnormal” – any departure from the norm (different) Examples?? Pejorative connotation – characteristics we dislike or fear Behaviour is maladaptive Causes distress or discomfort, often interfere with people’s ability to lead useful, productive lives, make it impossible for people to hold jobs,…

Wilhelm Wundt: Biography and Contributions

Introduction: Real name: Wilhelm Maximilian Wundt Was a German medical doctor, psychologist, physiologist, and a professor. Widely known as the father of experimental psychology Studied from many universities in Germany specially in medicine the first one in history to be called a ‘psychologist’ Best Known for: Voluntarism Introspection (observation or examination of one’s own mental…

Schizotypal Personality Disorder

Definition Schizotypal personality disorder is characterized by an ongoing pattern in which the affected person distances him- or herself from social and interpersonal relationships. A person with Schizotypal personality disorder has odd behaviors and thoughts that would typically be viewed by others as eccentric, erratic, and bizarre. Incidence in the Population Prevalence of Schitzotypal disorder…

Avoidant Personality Disorder (APD)

Avoidant Personality Disorder (APD) is a condition characterized by extreme shyness, feelings of inadequacy, and sensitivity to rejection. Causes: Avoidant Personality disorder usually appears in early childhood with signs of excessive shyness when the child is faced with new situations and new people. This disorder may also be influenced by a combination of social, genetic,…

Physical Anthropology

–         Most people look to religion to explain human existence, the origin of the universe, and the meaning of existence However many theories from science have surfaced over the past 150 years… –         The Theory of Evolution states that human ancestry is from lower life forms –         Many paleontologists have overwhelming fossil evidence that supports…