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Title: The Special Psychology
Authors: Bagdasarova, Nina
Keywords: PSY 122
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: American University of Central Asia. Psychology Department
Abstract: This course is about people who are different. It does matter why they are different. Do they feel different because the majority of people perceived them in this way? Or maybe they feel perfectly “normal” but we don’t trust their feelings? Since the very first steps psychotherapy was about put individual “together” with his or her environment and bringing life satisfaction into one’s life. Now we are interested not only in individual but in environment as well. The studies on disabilities and disabled people is one of the most advanced and challenging field in contemporary Psychology. We cannot avoid answering some crucial questions working in that field. Who might be considered as normal and why? How do we come dependent upon our loved ones and make them dependent on us? Who decide about labeling somebody as “disabled”? Where should we draw a line making decision about a child with mental retardation relating his/her attendance in general school or in special institution? What is a meaning of the group of people sharing my way of perception and interaction with this world? During this course we will explore the very edge lying between “normal” and “abnormal”, “social” and “asocial”, “integrated” or “segregated”. Actually these knowledge and skills may help you to be really excited about routine of everyday activity in the field of social work
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