There are many disorders throughout the world that affect people on a daily basis. They are life altering and life changing. They affect how a person can function on a normal level of life. This, in itself, is an interesting way of viewing the disorder, but it truly is the way that schizophrenia is viewed. The term normal is in its self a complex concept, but to understand that for the purpose of schizophrenia; normal is anything that deviates from the socially accepted way of conducting one’s self. The person affected by this disorder is drifting away from reality and, at the same time, drifting away from who they have been their whole life.
It has been stated that schizophrenia plays a very large role pertaining to who a person is and how that person’s actions are interpreted by the culture they live in. To contain the context of what schizophrenia is, the textbook definition reports it as a “severe disorder of thought and emotion associated with a loss of contact with reality” (Lilinfeld 479). The author of this textbook has put in the time and done the research to discover the most socially accepted and understood definition that could be possible. This definition in itself is almost overwhelming to consider that this is a disorder that currently has lifetime affects. Thought and emotional aspects come into play by realizing that any deviation from what a person normally thinks and feels will, without a doubt, affect how their thoughts and emotions change. By changing thoughts and emotions, actions will inevitably be affected in how they are carried out. This is where the culturally accepted portion becomes an issue because anything that is away from the normal action will have attention drawn to it.
The attention in itself will also have a very large impact on how the affected person will view the world around them. While the disorder is taking its course, the person that has it will become out-casted and choose to deviate from the culture within their normal habitat. They choose not to be around others for fears that cannot easily be explained. The only way of looking at it and simply understanding it is to say that the person is scared of what could happen. They do not know how the others around them will accept them, and they do not know what the voices they hear may tell them. If pressured in certain situations, the person will snap and have no true control over their actions.
Jeffery S. Nevid is an accredited author, professor, director of psychology programs, editor, research conductor, and all around a highly educated man who has divulged much of his life to researching the various psychological aspects of daily life. He has published roughly 32 books, such as Psychology and the challenges of life: Adjustment and growth, and many other various works. He has taught courses pertaining to psychology but more specifically abnormal psychology. This all evolves to a very well-educated man who...