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Jared W. Keeley, Danny R. Burgess & Roger K. Blashfield

In: 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 79: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)

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Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)
Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM)

As human beings, we are inherently social animals. We pay a great deal of attention to the behaviors, thoughts, and emotions of the people around us. Our interpersonal interactions occupy our minds for most of our daily existence. As members of a culture, we have various expectations about how others will behave and, in particular, how they will behave with us when we interact with them. However, there are some people who do not seem to follow the rules. Their behavior seems unusual, abnormal, and even unexplainable to us. Trying to explain the unexplainable in others is a fascinating topic. Most of us, at one time or another, have tried ...

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