Subject Matter and Tasks of Abnormal Psychology

  • B. V. Zeigarnik
Part of the Monographs in Psychology book series (MOPSY)


The subject matter of abnormal psychology is mental disturbances resulting from brain disease. Whereas general psychology deals with the characteristics of mental structure and development, abnormal psychology studies the structure and mechanisms of different forms of mental deterioration. Thus, for example, if general psychology studies the principles according to which thinking is shaped and takes place, then abnormal psychology deals with the principles and forms of disturbances in thinking.


Personality Disorder Concrete Research Psychology Study Psychopathological Symptom Sonality Orientation 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • B. V. Zeigarnik
    • 1
  1. 1.Moscow State UniversityMoscowUSSR

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