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Defining Normal

When do we add the “D” to the PTS?

Author’s note: I wrote this paper for my abnormal psychology class last year. My professor told me I should publish it. I don’t think this is what he meant, but in light of Sarah’s post yesterday, and my own review of a book that aggravated me beyond reason, I felt it was good timing to share it. It isn’t directly related to writing, but I am certain you can make the connections between character development and a thorough understanding of the human psyche.

In slightly related news, I will be appearing at Millennicon in Cincinatti this weekend. I’ll be signing in the lobby on Sunday between 11-noon, drop in and see me! I’ll have an escort, my beloved First Reader, because I am mildly agoraphobic, and although I face my fears on a daily basis, and refuse to let past traumas rise to the level of embracing the “D” I will still need a friend when there are crowds of strangers. 

Table of Contents

1. Medical Definitions of Normal

2. Practical Definitions of Normal

3. The Internet as an Interactive Tool

4. Seeking the Truth of Abnormality

5. Medical Intervention and the Internet’s Role

6. The Fuzzy Edge of Normality

Sanity: “It is thinner than the edge on a knife, sharper than a guard dog’s tooth, more elusive than a ghost.  Perhaps it doesn’t exist.  Perhaps it is a ghost.” – Philip K. Dick

 Read the rest at Mad Genius Club

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