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(Ab)normality

What is normality or abnormality to you? Who gets to define what normality is?

During a (not so) profound discussion during IB Psychology HL, we reached the topic of abnormality versus normality as part of the abnormal psychology coursework. The question posed was: How do you know if someone is insane? A slew of responses followed this generic question:

-they hurt themselves

-they hurt other people

-they commit a crime

-they can’t function properly in society

I guess each one of these statements have a grain of truth in them. Me, being the ever-so eager student of the class, I shot a question right back: Aren’t all these definitions related? They are interlinked because they imply that society gets to dictate normality.

My teacher, flabbergasted for a moment, stuttered out a response. “All right, how else would one define normality, other than using the standards of society?”

After a few dispersed responses, somehow, a concordance was reached: biology should be the answer. Biology should be the definitive standard for deciding whether a person is sane or insane.

Yet, aren’t all the books (including the DSM) structured and written by human beings? Does this not, once again, trace back to society and its dictatorship in defining normality?

None of the young, brilliant minds of IB Psychology HL students noted this fact.

The common perception is that the majority is “normal” and that this “normality” is the standard for sanity versus insanity that applies to everyone else, including the minority. Funny how things work sometimes.

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Early AM blogging

I guess the incessant gnawing feeling in my innards will not go away until I’ve done at least SOME work. I woke up this morning, well, technically it was yesterday morning, feeling all pumped and ready to work. However, 5 hours later, I found myself still surfing the internet with my work left untouched. I was only snapped out of this continuous reverie by calls to dinner by my mom. After dinner, a sudden bout of stomachaches left me curled up in a fetal position for more than an hour. Now that I think about it, it must have been the food that caused it. Before I knew it, the day was over and it was time for bed.  To me, summer days and nights just coalesce into one long stretch of time. I guess that’s how time “flies”.

Anyways, here I am in front of my laptop in the wee hours of the morning, all ready to start on my work. I’ve just downed two whole cups of orange juice so the sugar high should kick in soon, ensuring I won’t fall asleep, drooling all over my keyboard and leave unflattering marks all over my face. I THINK I CAN DO THIS.

School starts in 2 days. I can’t wait for the amazing and new material covered in IB Year 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Of course, this comes along with the many essays and lab reports, the many periods of hyperventilation and over  anxiety, and last, but not least, the many sleepless nights and mornings.

Yup, I can’t wait to face the IB Monster again.

Look at him, isn’t he adorable?

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Procrastination

Procrastination.

A state of being where one feels no motivation to finish work. That’s how I’ve felt for the past..oh, summer? It’s not an easy feat to “just snap out of it” and get on with life. Anyone who has ever procrastinated before can tell you that. However, it seems like I’m suffering from a severe bout of procrastination-itis. Yes, it is a dilemma, a problem so big I’ve unofficially made it a disease I’ve contracted. How on earth does one go about curing this dang disease?

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