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Jim is a 48-year-old Caucasian male who is often described as a
loner. For the past 15 years, Jim has maintained steady
employment as a technical writer for a mid-size publishing
company. Jim lives in a one bedroom apartment and pays his
bills on time. He has never married, has no children and
expresses little interest in interpersonal relationships or
friendships. Although his parents and brother live in the same
city as Jim, he sees them only on major holidays. He does not
seem interested in deepening these relationships. In his leisure
time, Jim engages in solitary pursuits such as reading and
computer games. He lives life 'under the radar' and prefers it
that way claiming that social interactions have never been all
that satisfying to him. Others describe Jim as socially awkward.
He often misses social cues which can make others feel
uncomfortable. For example, he may continue talking when
others give cues that it is time to end a conversation. He has also
been known to express his opinions on things in a 'brutally
honest' way. These behaviors have isolated Jim socially and
interfered with his ability to form lasting friendships. He appears
to be oblivious to his social mistakes, having only a vague
understanding of particular social interactions as 'going well' or
'not going well.' Jim acknowledges that he may seem 'a little
different' to others but this doesn't bother him in the least. He
appears more or less indifferent to the opinions of others.
Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper that addresses the following
Is Jim's behavior abnormal? Use the six primary elements
of abnormal behavior, outlined in Chapter 1 of Abnormal
Psychology, to answer this question.
Explain which of these six elements is incorporated into the
DSM-IV Definition of Mental Disorders that is reviewed
within Chapter 1, Table 1.1.
Would Jim have a 'mental disorder' according to the DSMIV definition? Why or why not? Explain. Do not provide a
DSM diagnosis. Instead, compare Jim to the DSM-IV
Definition of Mental Disorders that is reviewed
within Chapter 1, Table 1.1.
Analyze the pros and cons of having a classification system
such as the DSM-IV. In your analysis, discuss the
advantages and disadvantages of applying a classification
system for abnormal behavior to "Jim", the subject of your
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