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abnormal psychology

noun
1.
the branch of psychology that deals with modes of behavior, mental phenomena, etc., that deviate markedly from the standards believed to characterize a well-adjusted personality.
Origin of abnormal psychology
1900-1905
First recorded in 1900-05
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  • His investigations of abnormal psychology are world-acknowledged.

    The Blind Spot Austin Hall
  • Arthur is something of an authority in abnormal psychology, and his report of the accident interested me.

    The Gilded Man Clifford Smyth
  • This autobiographical account was first published in the Journal of abnormal psychology.

    Adventurings in the Psychical H. Addington Bruce
  • This book, by one of the foremost American psychopathologists, should be read by all students of abnormal psychology.

    Adventurings in the Psychical H. Addington Bruce
  • She had authoritative knowledge gleaned from reading between the lines of the very best text books on abnormal psychology.

    A Woman's Place Mark Irvin Clifton
  • It also appears as a footnote to an article by an eminent authority on abnormal psychology in a report on 380Mr.

    In the Heart of a Fool William Allen White
  • These novels are fully as much a contribution to the study of abnormal psychology as they are to the history of fiction.

    Essays on Russian Novelists William Lyon Phelps
  • Unusual short novel about Victorian morality and abnormal psychology by the great English author.

  • What is needed is abnormal psychology, entirely independent of the therapeutic interests of the alienist.

    Psychotherapy Hugo Mnsterberg
  • For the average future physician, it would be wiser to omit even the psychiatry studies than those in abnormal psychology.

    Psychotherapy Hugo Mnsterberg
British Dictionary definitions for abnormal psychology

abnormal psychology

noun
1.
the study of behaviour patterns that diverge widely from generally accepted norms, esp those of a pathological nature
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abnormal psychology in Medicine

abnormal psychology n.
Psychopathology.

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