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Eliminating the “Abnormal”

  • Nikoletta Pikramenou
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Abstract

“Normality” or “normalcy” is a broad concept and its definition varies among disciplines, scientific communities, individuals, eras, societies and circumstances. “Normality” is treated as a statistical perception according to which philosophers and society consider it as the state of being “normal” which is linked to the “most usual”. Several psychoanalysts use “normal” to indicate the perfect and ideal and physicians frequently use “normal” with a technical significance which implies what ought to be. Attributing characteristics to an individual such as “normal” or “deviant” and “unusual” lead to “labeling”. “Labeling” is based on the thesis that human identity is created through the process of interaction between an individual and the others in society. Then, society based on “labeling”, responds by forming prejudices and stigmatising the targeted individuals. Individuals who are victims of stigmatisation often create a negative image for themselves and face marginalisation, discrimination and human rights violations.

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