abnormal psychology

  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

First recorded in 1900–05

Words Nearby abnormal psychology

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How to use abnormal psychology in a sentence

  • Science (medicine, abnormal psychology, and the social sciences especially) is showing more and more why men act as they do.

    Rural Problems of Today | Ernest R. Groves
  • Their summary inclusion under the heading of "abnormal psychology" will, however, lead to a shallow interpretation of Strindberg.

    The Son of a Servant | August Strindberg
  • There are passages in his writings, and phases of his autobiography, that raise questions of abnormal psychology.

    The Son of a Servant | August Strindberg
  • Yet that is what present-day normal and abnormal psychology has been enabled to do!

  • His investigations of abnormal psychology are world-acknowledged.

    The Blind Spot | Austin Hall

British Dictionary definitions for abnormal psychology

abnormal psychology

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

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