In my current course, Abnormal Psychology, we are discussing normalcy. What is normal to most people? What is normal according to psychologists?Is there a such thing as normal?
What appears as abnormal might not be. Think about the last person who you saw displaying what appears to be very abnormal behavior (maybe sitting on a bench, hysterically crying and rocking back and forth). You might think that person is behaving abnormally. But imagine if 30 seconds before you saw them, that person had just gotten a phone call that their entire immediate family had been killed in a car accident. You probably wouldn't think that was so abnormal, then.
Of course, behavior that some people--such as serial killers--display is not normal, but some things are completely normal responses to life occurrences.
And then there are cultural differences to take into consideration. What is normal in one culture may seem "abnormal" to others.
So, what does "normal" mean?