This semester I am taking Abnormal Psychology. The class bothers me, so far, for many reasons.
First of all, I thought I wanted to be a psychologist. But so far I feel like I am not understanding the more in-depth material which makes me feel less confident about guiding people through their emotional issues. Also, as I start to learn the (very dry) intricacies of psychology, it becomes less appealing. The rules of ethics are a bit too shady for my liking, and the many different research methods confuse me.
Aside from the academic aspects, many things annoy me about Abnormal Psych.
Very often we are given *extreme* cases for examples to understand terms. Murderers, kidnappers, and people who have acted out in extreme ways are often discussed. The discussions of these people are often followed by the teacher saying that most of the time, people with psychological disorders are not dangerous. But every time we talk about someone with a psychological disorder, they are presented as dangerous. What kind of light are you portraying people with psychological disorders?
We have been taught that asking someone if they are suicidal does not induce suicidal thoughts. It’s comparable to asking how someone is sleeping. If you ask someone how they are sleeping they won’t suddenly go from a desirable sleeping pattern to a poor sleeping pattern or vise versa. This bothers me a lot. Do people really think that asking if someone is suicidal will induce suicidal thoughts?
Why do we treat individuals with psychological disorders so poorly? Why do we outcast them? Almost 50% of the population has experienced a psychological disorder at some point in their life in America (if I remember my statistics correctly.) It upset me so much how psychological disorders are portrayed in the media!
It seems as though the medias logic is that if every shooter is psychologically disturbed (which they probably are) then every psychologically disturbed person is a shooter. Which simply isn’t true!
I can’t wait until I’m out of Abnormal Psychology.