What Are Psychological Disorders?

Review Questions

In the harmful dysfunction definition of psychological disorders, dysfunction involves ________.

  1. the inability of an psychological mechanism to perform its function
  2. the breakdown of social order in one’s community
  3. communication problems in one’s immediate family
  4. all the above



Patterns of inner experience and behavior are thought to reflect the presence of a psychological disorder if they ________.

  1. are highly atypical
  2. lead to significant distress and impairment in one’s life
  3. embarrass one’s friends and/or family
  4. violate the norms of one’s culture