abnormal psychology

noun

Definition of abnormal psychology

: a branch of psychology concerned with mental and emotional disorders (such as anxiety disorders, phobias, depression, and developmental disorders) and with certain incompletely understood normal phenomena (such as dreams and hypnosis)

Examples of abnormal psychology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At Boston College, Kyleigh studied abnormal psychology and neuroscience, volunteered at a homeless shelter and then at a group home for women with psychiatric disorders, trying to help fill the gaps in a system that failed her sister. Sandra Sobieraj Westfall, PEOPLE.com, 17 Mar. 2022 Walker taught undergraduate courses on research methods, abnormal psychology and personality. Graydon Megan, chicagotribune.com, 12 June 2018 Having a school textbook put a name to symptoms like this is an experience Kirkham shares with Wakilah Majied, 35, who came across the definition of flat affect last year in an abnormal psychology course at community college. Gina Ryder, Glamour, 4 May 2018 Out of all the fictional options to choose from, the abnormal psychology of the criminally villainous is a pretty popular choice. Paige S. Allen, Harper's BAZAAR, 15 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of abnormal psychology

1888, in the meaning defined above

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“Abnormal psychology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abnormal%20psychology. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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abnormal psychology

noun

Medical Definition of abnormal psychology

: a branch of psychology concerned with mental and emotional disorders (as anxiety disorders, phobias, depression, and developmental disorders) and with certain incompletely understood normal phenomena (as dreams and hypnosis)

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