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abnormal psychology

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The study of mental and emotional disorders or maladaptive behaviors, or of mental phenomena such as dreams, hypnosis, and altered states or levels of consciousness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The academic study of persons whose psychological characteristics deviate from the norm, as with neuroses, psychoses, and disorders
  • n. An instance of a person having psychological characteristics that deviate from the norm.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the branch of psychology concerned with abnormal behavior

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